UDIA NSW news
UDIA Housing Affordability Action Plan
At the beginning of 2017, UDIA NSW established a Housing Affordability Task Force to create an action plan to address the housing affordability crisis. The action plan was launched by the Minister for Planning, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP at UDIA's Annual Winter Luncheon at Parliament House on 8th June.
City Life Labs Launch
The City Life Labs showcase was held on 1st June at the Sydney Hilton with over 100 guests attending. UDIA and its research partners have been putting technology into action for the urban development industry. City Life Labs is the pioneering vehicle for this initiative.
Moderinising Airspace Protection submission
In December 2016, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia (Airservices) and the Department of Defence (Defence), released a consultation paper which outlined three proposals to modernise airspace protection in Australia. The consultation paper was on exhibition to 28 February 2017.
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill submission
In 2016, the Department of Planning and Environment commenced consultation with stakeholders to devise improvements to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act).
Greater Sydney Commission submission
In November 2016, the Greater Sydney Commission placed their Draft District Plans on exhibition. Submissions closed on 31 March 2017, with the GSC receiving over 3,000 responses.
UDIA NSW made a submission that champions the GSC for the role it must play.
GSC Submission: Affordable Housing
Additional recommendations to the GSC include a reform of complying development regulations, whereby complying developments are approved on merit, rather than being subject to blanket prohibitions. This reform would improve building diversity and improve housing affordability.
UDIA Response to Draft Practice Note: Voluntary Planning Agreements November 2016
After reviewing exhibition documentation and the submission by the Independent Regulatory and Regulatory Tribunal, UDIA NSW made a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment recommending that the Draft Practice Note not be adopted for the following reasons:
Development Assessment Best Practice Guide For Councils
On 21 March 2017 the Planning Minister, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, MP released the Development Assessment Best Practice Guide.
The latest NSW Government forecasts show that by 2036 NSW will be home to an additional 2.1 million residents. Local Councils will continue to be the engine room for facilitating new housing to accommodate this growth.
Update on Local Government Elections
The following Sydney Metropolitan Council amalgamations are still officially proposed (but not yet implemented) due to being involved in litigation:
- Ku‑ring-gai and Hornsby local councils;
- Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby local councils;
- Canada Bay and Strathfield local councils;
- Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby councils; and
- Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick local councils.
2017 Event Calendar Now Available
The 2017 event & professional development calendar is now available. Click here to download.