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BUILDIng your future

On March 28, the people of New South Wales will vote for the political party they deem best suited to represent the State.

 

In the interest of making NSW the best it can be, the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW is taking this opportunity to urge the future government to commit to better preparing the State for growth through a range of key initiatives. This Building Your Future campaign has had input from more than 250 industry practitioners – from engineers, to urban designers, economists, architects and developers.

 

Each year, the urban development industry contributes about $7.7 billion of taxes to the NSW Government. The industry is also the second largest employer in the State with more than 270,000 people working in building and construction alone. According to research conducted by JBA, every $1 million invested in property construction projects creates 15.5 full time jobs.

 

This document is a summary of recommendations made by the industry. The aim is to further support the economy while ensuring the people of NSW have access to employment close to where they live, vital community infrastructure, and affordable housing.

 

With the NSW population projected to grow by 100,500 people each year to 2031, now more than ever the Government should work with the industry, and the community, to ensure we are ready for growth.

 

The importance of this election will be to ensure the State continues on its growth path to build a better future for everyone in NSW.

 

For more information visit www.buildingyourfuture.com.au

 

Download Blueprint for Growth

 

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BUILDING UP

Building Up is the second part of a suite of policy and research UDIA NSW is working on. Building Up focuses on the renewal of town centres as a way to accommodate future growth.  Building Up delivers a Centres HealthCheck that allows uses to assess the current health (success) of a centres.  The HealthCheck identifies where a centres strengths are and areas that require attention. The ReNEWal Toolkit within Building Up also provides the tools necessary to deliver a successful town centre renewal, including:

  • Strong Government leadership
  • Healthy mix of uses
  • Meaningful community engagement
  • Well located density

With Building Up, UDIA NSW has identified how the NSW Government can deliver better town centres that can accommodate more and affordable homes and job opportunities.  

Download Building Up 
 

ALTERNATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING

UDIA NSW has advocated for comprehensive planning reform. Now that the State Government has committed to a rewrite of the Planning Act, there is a valuable opportunity to return certainty and confidence to developer investment in this state.

UDIA NSW has identified four main components required in the new Planning Act:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Plan Making
  • Assessment and Determination
  • Implementation and Management

The plan proposed by UDIA NSW maximises the opportunity we have to shape the future of planning and the way development is treated in the future.

 

ALTERNATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING

UDIA NSW has advocated for comprehensive planning reform. Now that the State Government has committed to a rewrite of the Planning Act, there is a valuable opportunity to return certainty and confidence to developer investment in this state.

UDIA NSW has identified four main components required in the new Planning Act:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Plan Making
  • Assessment and Determination
  • Implementation and Management

The plan proposed by UDIA NSW maximises the opportunity we have to shape the future of planning and the way development is treated in the future.

 

STRATA RENEWAL: SOLVING THE PUZZLE

The Urban development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW submitted its response to the review of strata and community title legislation, Making NSW No. 1 Again: Shaping Future Communities, Strata and Community Title Law Reform Discussion Paper.  In our response, UDIA NSW advocates for a new model for the dissolution of strata schemes.  The model was developed in collaboration with Strata Communities Australia NSW and the Owners Corporation Network.  The strata renewal model is based on the preparation of a Strata Renewal Plan, which details the terms for the sale of a strata scheme and the collective sale of the property. The model enables owners to be involved in the process of renewing the scheme and requires 80 percent majority agreement for the plan to proceed.

UDIA NSW believes that this model would enable residents within a scheme to take full advantage of the value of their lot as well as aid in the achievement of economic and environmental goals set by the NSW Government.

Download Strata Renewal: Solving the Puzzle

Download Revitalising our Cities: A Joint Statement on Strata Renewal

 

Building Blocks

Building Blocks is the follow-up campaign to "Let's Build a Better NSW' and part of a suite of policy and research UDIA NSW is working on.  Building Blocks continues to highlight that the NSW Government needs to increase the supply of housing in NSW to meet both current and future housing demands. 

At present there are 27,000 houses developed annually in NSW. To meet the needs of our growing population, this figure needs to be a minimum of 40,000.  Building Blocks identifies how the NSW Government can increase land and housing supply in Sydney.

Building Blocks identifies and prioritises commercially viable urban release projects.  UDIA NSW considers there are a number of crucial factors that are needed to ‘unlock' land in and around the release areas:

  •  New release areas;
  •  Critical infrastructure requirements;
  • Cost of critical infrastructure;
  • Proposed methods and responsibilities for financing infrastructure;
  • Number of lots opened up by land release;
  • Potential Government revenue from stamp duty and GST increases as a result of growing land release in Sydney.

With Building Blocks, UDIA NSW has identified how the NSW Government can deliver more and affordable homes with the necessary infrastructure to support the growth. 

Download the Building Blocks report


GETTING OUR ACT TOGETHER

UDIA NSW has advocated for comprehensive planning reform. Now that the State Government has committed to a rewrite of the Planning Act, there is a valuable opportunity to return certainty and confidence to developer investment in this state.

UDIA NSW has identified four main components required in the new Planning Act:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Plan Making
  • Assessment and Determination
  • Implementation and Management

The plan proposed by UDIA NSW maximises the opportunity we have to shape the future of planning and the way development is treated in the future.

Getting our Act Together 


Let's Build a Better NSW

‘Let's Build a Better NSW' is a campaign initiated by UDIA NSW during the 2011 State Election.  The campaign was started to highlight that NSW simply isn't building enough homes to meet the needs of our growing population.

NSW needs to build at least 40,000 homes a year to meet demand.  Currently, less than 30,000 a year are being built. The situation is so bad that fewer homes are being built now than at any time in the last 50 years. 

The key message of Lets Build a Better NSW' is that the NSW Government should be focussed on:

  • Delivering more homes for the people of NSW;
  • Making homes affordable; and
  • Delivering the infrastructure required to support growth. 

Download the State of the Land 2012 report

Download the Global housing survey