As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, UDIA continues to be heavily engaged with Government on the response.
The third tranche of the fast-tracked assessments was released on Saturday 20 June 2020. While the projects continue the focus on major (non-housing) projects, we had a welcome nod to the regions with the inclusion of 41 affordable housing units to be delivered on the Central Coast by LAHC, and the proposed rezoning of 15 hectares of employment land in the North West Lake Macquarie Catalyst Area at Cockle Creek.
However, the profile of the acceleration projects has so far been disappointing. Despite early indication this would stimulate development projects, the government has largely not been reviewing development assessments for housing, but instead the fast-tracking scheme has been focussed on assessing late-stage planning proposals. UDIA NSW will be continuing advocacy on the need to create ongoing construction jobs which deliver housing supply and affordability outcomes.
A central mailbox for DPIE has been set up to receive ongoing issues in the current climate. Additional project proposals for fast track consideration can also be submitted via the central mailbox.
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