We commission and collaborate on strategic research engagements from industry partners to inform our policy and advocacy agenda and to address specific challenges facing the industry.

Urban Renewal and Precincts Delivery

Supporting Precinct Planning across Greater Sydney

Precinct planning and urban renewal is an opportunity to deliver great places with housing, social and community infrastructure, transport services and public open space. UDIA has undertaken extensive research into all residential focused precincts across Greater Sydney to understand the cause of delays and the point in the process where they occur. This paper highlights the key areas where the Department of Planning and Environment need to focus improvements, including:

  • Setting Clear Objectives
  • Agency Coordination
  • Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement
  • Adopting Project Management Techniques
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Six Cities Region Issues Paper

Priority focus areas to ensure the success for the Six Cities Region

Sydney is Australia’s premier global city. Together with the neighbouring regions of Illawarra
Shoalhaven, Central Coast and Lower Hunter/Greater Newcastle, the Sydney Megaregion’s
potential for growth and leadership on the world stage has been enhanced through the NSW
Government’s move to consolidate strategic planning across the Six Cities Region.

Key Initial Focus Areas:

  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Transition
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Empowered Urban Development Program Committees

Research and Policy Paper to advocate for improved coordination across the Megaregion

UDP Committees are envisioned to effectively align growth infrastructure and land use, removing one of the significant bottlenecks to the supply of homes and employment lands in NSW. This report looks at the current problems of coordination in more detail, extracts the key learnings from our pilot schemes and uses them to propose an empowered UDP Committee to improve coordination of infrastructure and land use .

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Urban Development Program

Our vision for a future Urban Development Program includes:

  • Coordinating and monitoring housing supply and targets in urban renewal areas, infill and new communities in land release areas;
  • Coordinating and prioritising the delivery of the necessary supporting infrastructure and signaling early identification of blockages;
  • Integrating social and affordable housing targets and ensuring their programming;
  • Annual reporting to enable monitoring and input back into policy development and housing supply programs; and
  • A multi-channelled DPIE/GSC led data collation with UDIA collaboration to facilitate industry liaison/feedback in an annual/rolling process.

Home Purchaser Sentiment Survey

The UDIA Urbis Home Purchaser Sentiment Survey was launched in August 2019. UDIA and Urbis have partnered in this survey to track sentiment towards the Sydney property market. The initial survey provides a baseline to measure any changes in future survey cycles. The purpose of the survey is a pulse check into how positive or negative Sydney residents feel about purchasing and price growth in the residential property market. Results provide UDIA members and more broadly the property industry with insight into what buyers are looking for and where they are looking to purchase like no other survey.

Greenfield Urban Development Cost Review

SMEC undertook a detailed analysis of the development costs of key development regions for UDIA in August 2018.

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