Submissions and Reports
UDIA NSW is in constant communication with their members, key industry stakeholders and the NSW government/Department of Planning. Please click on the relevant links below for the work that UDIA NSW undertakes on behalf of its members and the urban development industry.
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HOUSING RECOVERY PLAN
UDIA has launched a Housing Recovery Plan to stimulate the market and to kick start the development pipeline.
- A 12-month stamp duty concession for new housing – to incentivise reactivation of the housing market.
- A Re-capping of infrastructure contributions – to give the industry certainty to invest in new projects and restock the land supply pipeline.
- Removal of foreign investor surcharges – to encourage foreign investment in housing and jobs.
BUilding blocks 2.0
Accurate relevant and up-to-date property information is vital in the decision-making process of property development. Unfortunately, this information is distributed in piecemeal format through a mydrid of various government departments and often presented in used-unfriendly verbose textual or tabular formats.
Mecone's Residential Development Review is a new publication reporting on the state of Sydney's housing market that seeks to address the difficulty of access to this information. It brings together statistical and spatial data from various government authorities and presents them in a clear and graphical manner, so that housing development data is simple to find, quick to interpret and easy to understand.
UDIA NSW Submission on draft STRATA SCHEMES DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT Regulations
UDIA NSW remains supportive of the general direction of the reform packages as the previous legislation governing strata schemes has not been working effectively. These regulations are required to ensure that the reform acts work as intended and reduce costs, red tape and improve clarity.
UDIA NSW has been actively involved in the discussion surrounding the development of strata reform and is wholly supportive of these reforms. However, as in our submission on the draft reform bills, the Institute would like to outline a number of concerns it has pertaining to the draft regulations. Our primary concern remains the costs associated with the building bond and UDIA NSW believes that the regulations do not adequately address these concerns.
UDIA nsw and mecone: residential development review
For too long vital data needed for residential development and planning has been hard to access, available through a mass of government departments, and presented in user-unfriendly formats.
Now, the state’s Peak Development body, UDIA NSW, has joined with Consultants Mecone, to make it easier for their members, by providing The Residential Development Review (RDR) as a free resource to help them access the information they need.
UDIA nsw calls for urgent organised governance structure in the hunter after too long adrift
UDIA NSW is calling for an urgent coordinated governance structure, in response to its recommendations to the Draft Hunter Regional Plan. It believes the creation of a Hunter Commission, modelled on the Greater Sydney Commission, is the best way to lead planning for the Hunter Region.
UDIA NSW Hunter Region Chair, Geoffrey Rock, says the institute also calls for the urgent development of a Hunter Growth Infrastructure Plan.
“Planning in the Hunter has been adrift for over a decade. The Hunter urgently needs a coordinated governance structure to deliver its Regional Plan.”
“The Greater Sydney Commission is best practice in planning and the Hunter deserves that best practice model too,” Mr Rock said.
UDIA NSW will meet with the Regional Director, Hunter and Central Coast region, Department of Planning and Environment on Thursday 31 March, to discuss its recommended changes to the Draft Hunter Regional Plan.
Those changes would ensure the final Plan contains the necessary detail and delivery model to cater for the future housing needs and deliver a strong, robust and sustainable Hunter economy.
Strata Schemes Development and Management Bills
UDIA NSW welcomes, and remains supportive of, the strata reforms the government has put forward in the draft bills. The Institute believes that these provisions will greatly assist in the renewal of Sydney’s building fabric. Strata is recognised as the fastest growing form of property ownership not only in NSW, but nationally. The exponential growth in the popularity of this type of ownership means that reform is urgently needed. The existing legislation is outdated and needs to reflect modern living. The Institute had a number of minor concerns, which are outlined in its submission.
CENTRAL COAST STATE OF THE LAND
Characteristics of identified jurisdictions with a planning commission
The prospective powers and scope of the commission
The relationship of the commission with other Government agencies.
STATE OF THE LAND: SYDNEY MOST EXPENSIVE
A New Planning Sydney for NSW: White Paper - UDIA NSW Response
The Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW supported the direction of the State Government’s planning reforms in its submission to the White Paper.
The submission drew on input from more than 250 of the industry’s leading professionals, including a number of expert panels that were established to provide in depth analysis on the following four key areas of the White paper:
- Culture and community consultation;
- Planning (strategic and development assessment);
- Infrastructure contributions; and
- The Planning Act Bill.
The submission emphasises the need for the new system to restore certainty to the urban development industry, communities and government. It recognises that the current planning culture must change and that education will play a key role in delivering confidence in the system. The submission calls on the government to embark on a community education campaign that explains the new system and its benefits.
UDIA NSW supports the NSW Government’s move towards a strategically-focussed planning system that is led by clear, evidence-based strategic plans. However, UDIA NSW has called on the NSW Government to ensure that the new plans have a level of economic rigour so what is planned can actually be delivered.
The growth of the State must be supported by affordable and timely delivery of infrastructure. UDIA NSW, with the help of some the industry’s leading practitioners, undertook extensive analysis and modelling of the proposed developer contribution framework. It found that the proposed contributions framework can potentially reduce infrastructure costs, particularly in greenfield locations. However, the NSW Government must release its modelling, or at least engage in detailed consultation with the industry on the issue. The industry, community and local government need to be convinced that the proposed reforms are more equitable and will allow for the timely delivery of infrastructure.
In its submission, UDIA NSW also said Government must:
- Provide an adequate amount of funding and resources to the introduction of the planning reforms, and review plans regularly
- Given their importance, consult with communities and industry when developing Growth Infrastructure Plans, then make the plans public
- Depoliticise planning decision making through the introduction of expert panels
- Consider the introduction of an infrastructure certifier to improve civil works efficiencies
- Ensure a smooth transition from the current system to the new system through careful management
UDIA NSW is committed to working with Government in finalising the planning reforms to secure the best future possible for NSW.
Metro plan positive, but more detail needed
UDIA NSW recognises the importance of strategic planning and the role it plays in setting the future direction for a region. UDIA NSW has submitted its response the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney 2013 (the Strategy). The Strategy is a step in the right direction and correctly identifies the challenges that are facing the Sydney region over the next 20 years.
UDIA NSW supports the Strategy’s focus on the delivery of housing and jobs and the recognition it gives to the importance to the planning and delivery of infrastructure to support the growth of the region. It is also encouraging that the Strategy provides linkages between the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and the State Infrastructure Strategy, something that has been missing in recent metropolitan plans and strategies.
The Strategy contains a raft of positive policies that will provide direction and inform the development of Subregional Delivery plans and Local Plans. Additionally, the Strategy comprises a series of minimum targets for housing and job delivery, providing minimum targets for ten and 20 year horizons. These and other initiatives are positive steps towards delivering more homes and jobs.
While UDIA NSW supports the direction of the Strategy, the submission emphasises the need for continual review and monitoring of the progress of the Strategy’s objectives. In its submission, UDIA NSW has identified a number of recommendations to create a robust strategic document that can lead Sydney into the next 20 years. These include:
- The release of the background information that informed the housing and employment targets within the Strategy, and modelling that shows how subregions can accommodate those targets
- The investigation of the potential to promote growth along the Cumberland rail corridor between Parramatta and Liverpool
- Expansion of the Employment Lands Development Program to include all areas of Sydney and all types of employment activities
- Investigation of future transport corridors and ensuring their protection through the acquisition of land
- Recognising the importance of a second airport for Sydney
UDIA NSW is committed to working with Government in delivering the outcomes of the adopted Strategy.
Future Directions for NSW Local Government – Twenty Essential Steps
The Urban Development Institute of Australia New South Wales (UDIA NSW) recently responded to the Future Directions for NSW Local Government – Twenty Essential Steps (The Report).
- Remove NSW Council rate pegging immediately and replace it with a system that transparently benchmarks rates. This information should be made available to the general public.
- Ensure amalgamations and formations of County Councils are consistent with the subregions outlined in plans such as the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.
- Provide councils with an option to use unimproved land value and/or improved capital value rating bases. Both have different purposes and the flexibility may enable councils to get a better yield on their infrastructure investments.
- Councillors should be subjected to the same requirements as directors under Corporations Act 2001(Cth) and these requirements should be imported into the Local Government Act.
LOWER HUNTER REGIONAL STRATEGY DISCUSSION PAPER
- Set realistic housing targets in the LHRS to assist in alleviating the existing shortage and produce sufficient houses annually over the life of the plan. Methodologies for preparing production targets need to be amended within the LHRS to achieve this.
- Given the failure of the LHRS 2006 to adequately address infrastructure delivery, the Hunter Infrastructure Plan should be delivered concurrently with the revised LHRS.
- The Hunter Urban Development Program needs to be implemented as a matter of urgency. This should involve extensive consultation with the development industry.
Strata Scheme Law Review
In December 2011, the New South Wales Government announced the review of the State’s strata and community title laws, with a view to commencing the review in 2012. As part of the initial consultation process, the Government set up a forum where owners and occupiers of strata developments as well as industry stakeholders could post their concerns and potential reforms.
UDIA NSW believes new strata scheme laws should be governed by some core principles. These include that all newly-created strata schemes allow those schemes to be dissolved with a majority vote with a threshold that represents the collective will of the owners. Existing schemes should be allowed to “opt in” to the new laws, via a majority vote of strata owners. Protections for dissenters must be enshrined in law to ensure the scheme dissolution process is carried to the letter and that there are rights of appeal to an independent authority on issues such as fair and reasonable compensation.