The UDIA NSW Committee program is the cornerstone of UDIA NSW Policy Development and Advocacy.

Every year we reconstitute our Committee membership to ensure UDIA has the best advisers available to create a better operating environment for the development industry. 

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 Development

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 introducing the Missing Middle. 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. 

Planning

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 small measures to improve the statutory planning system. 

Key Agenda Items 

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

Infrastructure

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. 

Employment Land

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

Key Agenda Items 

  1. Infrastructure and Land Use for the Greenfield Employment Lands. 
  2. Maximising the use of infill employment lands to support jobs. 
  3. Defining the future of work and a planning framework to enable flexibility. 

Strata, Community, and Building

The Strata, Community and Building 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. Responding to the Government’s implementation of Building Regulation reforms following the appointment of the Building Commissioner. 
  2. Reforming Community Title Legislation. 
  3. Reviewing the strata renewal and termination schemes. 

Seniors Living and Alternative Housing

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. Conduct a roundtable with the relevant Minister and brief on pertinent issues.  
  3. Respond to industry needs through identifying areas of reform and provide leadership of best practice built-form outcomes.

Smart Cities and Sustainable Built Environment

The Smart Cities and Sustainable Built Environment Committee recognises the smart city agenda continues to grow in scope and now with all levels of government seeking to embrace ‘smart’ in various dimensions. Importantly sustainability and reliance is also increasingly being intermeshed with the smart cities agenda. The committee will pursue a leadership and innovation role in the promotion of excellence in smart cities and sustainable urban development outcomes.  

Key Agenda Items 

  1. Championing innovation and new thinking around the smart, sustainable growth of our cities and regions.
  2. Exploration of emerging policy areas related to both urban infill and greenfield development.
  3. Unpacking of ‘positive urban futures’ underpinned by new transport infrastructure and autonomous vehicles, energy efficient buildings and precincts, and smart, connected communities. 
  4. Streamlining improvements to sustainability controls to remove time and cost delays – informed by better understanding customer behaviour which is likely to impact change in our urban areas. 

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

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

Central Coast

The Central Coast Chapter Committee exists to improve conditions for development in the Central Coast region. The Committee is focussed on realising the NSW Government’s revitalisation efforts with a key focus on consolidating and updating the LEP, streamlining of biodiversity requirements, and promoting economic growth in the region. 

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, and Sydney. 

Hunter

The Hunter Chapter Committee exists to improve conditions for development in the Greater Newcastle metropolitan region. The Committee advocates for improved infrastructure and development in the lower Hunter, and is a key voice advocating for industry as part of the Hunter Urban Development Program Committee. 

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.

Young Leaders

The Young Leaders Committee develops future leaders for the industry, aiming to support the development of the Young Leaders in the Committee by providing a networking forum with honest conversations, supporting broader impact through policy and research publications. 

Key Agenda Items 

  1. Thought leadership on changing city designs. 
  2. Showcasing international examples of best practice in urban outcomes. 
  3. Sharing examples of NSW projects and leadership. 

Diversity and Inclusion

The UDIA NSW Diversity & Inclusion Committee is one of the key Business Advisory Committees for UDIA, 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 and Inclusion Strategy.
  2.    Launch the ‘One Thing’ Campaign.
  3.    Organise and deliver a diversity and inclusion themed event. 

MS&E

The UDIA NSW Membership, Sponsorship & Events (MSE) Committee is one of the key Business Advisory Committees for UDIA, focusing on business development, professional development and networking opportunities. The Committee has had a strong focus on growing membership and implementing new events and training courses. 

Key Agenda Items 

  1. Successfully execute the 2020 National Congress in March bringing together leaders in the development industry from across Australia.
  2. Review the UDIA NSW Membership Prospectus and Offerings. 
  3. Revitalise UDIA NSW events and sponsorship programs.