NSW Planning Minister promises design guide review

Media Release 20 February 2020 (Sydney, Australia) – Today, Minister Stokes announced that he will be working with the NSW Government Chief Architect Abbie Galvin to improve design guidelines for urban development.

Minister Stokes told the audience at the UDIA NSW February Luncheon today he wants to create an integrated design approach bringing together the Apartment Design Guide (ADG), Better Placed, Basix and SEPP 65.

He stated that the aim of the review is to make the design framework:
1. Integrated,
2. Simple and Clear,
3. Economically responsible, and
4. Durable.

The Apartment Design Guide (ADG) has been problematic due to the prescriptive way in which local government implements the guide.

“We are pleased the Minister emphasised the ADG is intended to be a guide, and not a rule book,” said chief executive UDIA NSW Steve Mann.

“There has been a lot of frustration about homogeneity in development, which has emerged from strict adherence to the guides.”

“We don’t want developments to end up looking boring, inside and out, because Councils’ fear of breaching these guidelines prevent creativity and innovation.”

UDIA NSW has always been supportive of improving good design; however, with over a thousand pages of guidance released by the Government Architect’s Office in the past two years, the mounting complexity has inhibited good design rather than fostering it.

UDIA NSW’s recent submission to the Productivity Commissioner emphasised the need for a more holistic approach to environment and social context to achieve good design.

The Minister said he aims to have an integrated product for guiding design by the end of the year. The last review of the design guide was conducted in 2015.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW is the state’s leading development industry body, representing more than 500 member companies and agencies across the public and private sector.

Minister Stokes today also acknowledged the industry’s anxiety around the impending infrastructure contributions deadline (1 July 2020), and promised that more information would be released by NSW government in coming weeks.


Media contact:
Mia Kwok – 0435 361 697
Email: media@udiansw.com.au

Industry News: Why is there a thousand people standing in the shape of a house?

UDIA NSW member EG is asking 1000 people to stand in the shape of a house this February 29 to raise money for homelessness.

EG has partnered up with international world record breaker, Ryan Avery, founder of Breaking History. Avery has been breaking world records around the world all in the name of local charities. On Saturday 29 February, over 1000 people will gather at the Flour Mill of Summer Hill to break the world record for the most people standing the shape of a house. Each person represents 100 people who are currently homeless in Australia.

EG, the developer of the Flour Mill of Summer Hill, have had a continued presence in the Inner West community through the Flour Mill markets, which have become a local community staple. Now
they’re providing a new way to engage the community while giving back to critical support networks in the Inner West.

Together the team is focused on solving the “big issues” affecting local communities. CEO Adam Geha said they have chosen Youth Off the Streets because it “is an issue close to the hearts of the EG team as well”.

Youth Off the Streets works with around 770 youths in the Inner West alone. They provide a wide range of services from safe accommodation to education programs and support services. Their focus is on breaking cycles of disadvantage and providing brighter futures for young people.

“The world record attempt with EG is a great way to come together as a community, raise funds to support our services, raise awareness and start conversations on the issue so many young people still face,” said Lex Nadine Lutherborrow, Deputy CEO at Youth Off The Streets.

Participating in the cause is free, but you do still need to register online. If you can’t make it along, you can also support the cause by donating directly via Humantix.

The Flour Mill of Summer Hill
16 Flour Mill Way, Summer Hill, NSW 2130 Australia

Saturday, 29 February 2020

9.30am-11am – Register for the event, grab a coffee and breakfast from the stalls
11:30am – Take our places in the shape of a house
12:00pm onwards – Celebrate our success together
12.30pm – Guinness World Record presents the official record, fundraising tally announced and more photo ops with the World Record plaque

The event is also supported by:

  • Daiwa House Australia
  • Cosmos Australia
  • Sumitomo Forestry
  • Colliers International
  • Richard Crooks Constructions
  • Rombro Construction
  • National Facilities Management

Streamlined IPC indicative of the future planning system

Media Release 03 February 2020 (Sydney, Australia) – The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW welcomed Minister Rob Stokes’ changes to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) at the weekend, as an integral part of a reformed NSW Planning system.

“These are the first steps towards the planning reform promised by the Premier last year,” said Mr Steve Mann, chief executive, UDIA NSW.

“The new planning system will be more transparent, more predictable and have a renewed focus on collaboration. These reforms will be the cornerstone of building better cities across NSW.”

The announced changes will begin the move towards a more strategic planning system — one which is more responsive and more collaborative, particularly between local strategic planning and state government vision for growing cities. UDIA NSW commends Minister Stokes for accepting the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.

“We must remain focused on the big picture. We need to secure the jobs of more than 246,000 people making development happen in NSW. We can’t forget the pressures of a growing population and impending housing supply cliff.”

“Reducing bureaucracy and streamlining the planning system will not only boost productivity, but will also have long-term positive impacts on housing affordability.”

UDIA NSW supports a transparent, independent and well-resourced IPC with KPIs for its determinations. UDIA NSW’s ‘Housing the Next Generation’ Policy Agenda has been focused on working with government to create a more effective and transparent planning system.

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