Committees

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UDIA NSW Committee Charter

The UDIA NSW Committee program is the cornerstone of our policy development and advocacy. Committees generally meet once a month to discuss relevant topics to UDIA’s advocacy and to the NSW Urban Development industry. Committees continue to play crucial roles in policy submissions, research and strategic reports, and are our first contact point for keeping our platform relevant and up to date.


Greenfield Land Development

The Land Development Committee exists to support the efficient release and servicing of land across Sydney, with a focus on residential greenfield development. The Land Committee is focussed on key strategic planning and policy issues that delay or inhibit the timely development of greenfield land.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Greenfield land use planning reviews including the aerotropolis, precinct planning, and strategic planning process.
  2. Responding to key policy issues including flooding, biodiversity, transport, and stormwater.
  3. Growth planning, forecasting and coordination.

Urban Renewal, BTR, TOD and Local Town Centres

The Urban Development Committee is focussed on improving the development in existing parts of the city including urban renewal and regeneration, apartments, mixed-use and housing diversity. The Committee advocates for giving the industry the flexibility to innovate and achieve affordability in the urban environment.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Advocating for sensible LEP updates and priority precincts.
  2. Support place-based outcomes through recommending improvements in public space design.
  3. Rational adoption and advocacy of policies in relation to affordable housing.

Make Planning Work

The Planning Committee is focussed on improving the NSW planning system so that the community, government, and industry can live in a connected, accessible, and affordable future city. The Committee is currently focussed on incremental measures to improve the statutory planning system, together with the major reform being driven by the Productivity Commissioner.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Improving the strategic and statutory planning system.
  2. Advocate for the continuation of strategic merit-based zonings.
  3. Review updated Local Environmental Plans.

Infrastructure – Cities Made for Access

The Infrastructure Committee exists to support the efficient planning and delivery of infrastructure in Sydney with a focus on catalytic and social infrastructure. The committee reviews policy barriers, as well as funding mechanisms for infrastructure.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Infrastructure funding reform.
  2. Review of local and special infrastructure contributions.
  3.  Growth servicing and infrastructure planning.

Industrial & Employment Lands

The Industrial & Employment Lands Committee exists to support the development of industrial & employment lands and increase the supply of industrial & employment lands in Sydney.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Infrastructure and land use for greenfield industrial & employment lands.
  2. Maximising the use of infill industrial & employment lands to support jobs.
  3. Defining the future of work and a planning framework to enable flexibility.

Strata and Building Regulations

Strata and Building Regulations Committee promotes the development of strata and community title and the ongoing sustainability of the community for the residents that live in the community. The Committee provides a development perspective with a strong focus on building regulation, establishing new schemes, renewal and dispute resolution.


Key Agenda Items

  1. Monitoring and responding to the implementation of Building Regulation reforms.
  2. Reforming Community Title Legislation.
  3. Reviewing the strata renewal and termination schemes.

Seniors Living and Land Lease

The Seniors Living and Alternative Housing Committee promotes the development of specialised accommodation including retirement living, aged care and disability living. The Committee focusses on this diverse housing from a development perspective, so discussion is based around planning policy to enable and promote a better built form outcome.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Review State Planning policies that provide Senior Living and Alternative Housing typologies to determine integration into strategic planning and LEPs.
  2. Advocate for the necessary policy settings to enable alternative housing models like Build to Rent.
  3. Respond to industry needs through identifying areas of reform and provide leadership of best practice built-form outcomes.

Resilience, Net Zero and Smart Cities

The Resilience, Net Zero and Smart Cities Committee recognises the importance of the smart city agenda in the longevity of city planning. All levels of government have embraced ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’ principles in various dimensions. The committee aims to take a leadership and innovation role in the promotion of excellence and best practice in smart cities and sustainable urban development outcomes, seeing how it can be applied to the NSW context.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Championing innovation and new thinking around the smart, sustainable growth of our cities and regions.
  2. Explore emerging solutions and strategies in both urban infill and greenfield development.
  3. Deliberating the ways that sustainability controls can be realistically incorporated into urban development – exploring how to remove time and cost delays while producing net social benefits and understanding customer behaviours.

Hunter

The Hunter Chapter Committee exists to improve conditions for development in the Lower Hunter region.  Primarily, UDIA will use the expertise of the Committee to support developers in the efficient release and servicing of development sites across the region, and to support the growth of the region for the benefit of our members. 


Key Agenda Items

  1. Hold servicing agencies to account and reduce constraints through the Urban Development Program and advocacy with decision makers.
  2. Participate in strategically planning the future of the Hunter through Local Strategic Plans and LEPs.
  3. Reduce red tape and costs related to biodiversity and developer contributions.
  4. Promote the creation of a Greater Sydney Megaregion with connectivity between Newcastle, the Coast, Sydney and Wollongong.

Central Coast

The Central Coast Executive Committee exists to improve conditions for development in the Central Coast region. UDIA will use the expertise of the Committee to support developers in the efficient release and servicing of development sites across the region, and to support the growth of the region for the benefit of our members. 

Key Agenda Items

  1. Support the consolidation of the Central Coast LEP and future strategic planning through the LSPS update.
  2. Enable senior’s housing and other diverse housing types to emerge in the Central Coast.
  3. Promote the creation of a Greater Sydney Megaregion with connectivity between the Coast, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.

Western Sydney Chapter

Work closely with servicing agencies to ensure accountability and to reduce constraints through advocacy with decision makers.


Key Agenda Items

  1. Participate in strategically planning the future of Greater Western Sydney through Regional and Local Strategic Plans.
  2. Reduce red tape and costs related to infrastructure and developer contributions.
  3. Promote housing diversity and affordability.

Illawarra

The Illawarra Committee exists to support the efficient planning and servicing of development in the Illawarra region. The Committee also supports the industry’s profile in the region. The Committee is focussed on ensuring adequate infrastructure delivery and supply in the region.

Key Agenda Items

  1.   Infrastructure funding in release areas.
  2. Promoting housing diversity and affordability.
  3. Reviewing local planning controls.
  4. Hold servicing agencies to account and reduce constraints through the Urban Development Program and advocacy with decision makers.
  5. Promote the creation of a Greater Sydney Megaregion with connectivity between Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle.

Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven Committee exists to support the efficient planning and servicing of development in the Shoalhaven region. The Committee leads engagement with Council and servicing agencies to promote the responsible development of the region.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Infrastructure funding in release areas.
  2. Promoting housing diversity and affordability.
  3. Reviewing local planning controls.

Young Leaders

The Young Leaders Committee develops future leaders for the industry, aiming to support their development by providing a networking forum with honest conversations about modern urban development issues. The Committee prides itself on having a diverse group of talented emerging leaders who discuss a range of relevant topics to the UDIA throughout the year.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Meetings are once a month (5:45pm on Thursdays)
  2. All members of the Committee will help contribute to articles in UDIA’s Urban Icon Magazine throughout the year
  3. Committee members get the chance to hear from multiple guest speakers, engage in roundtable discussions with the committee, and have open networking opportunities after every meeting!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The UDIA NSW Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is one of the key Business Advisory Committees for UDIA NSW in 2020/21, it is focusing on improving and promoting diversity and inclusion in the UDIA and the urban development industry more broadly.

Key Agenda Items

  1. Achieve outcomes of the UDIA NSW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy.
  2. Manage and promote the ongoing ‘One Thing’ Campaign.
  3. Organise and deliver a diversity, equity and inclusion themed event.