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Infrastructure investment a key factor in easing NSW housing supply crisis

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UDIA NSW welcomes the announcement today by Treasurer Matt Kean of the June 21 date for the 2022-23 NSW Budget to be handed down and is keen to see the government’s continuing investment in critical infrastructure that would enable a strong pipeline of housing supply.

Last year, UDIA undertook major research with its members to identify specific enabling infrastructure in Western Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven, that was currently a roadblock to supply and could be delivered in the next few years to re-fill the development ready land supply pipeline.

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UDIA responds to cancellation of Design & Place SEPP

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UDIA NSW welcomed Minister Robert’s announcement today regarding the cancellation of the Draft Design and Place SEPP.

UDIA had called for the immediate cancellation of the policy in our submission in February due to the unacceptable impacts on housing supply and affordability.

Throughout the process including the period while the draft policy was on exhibition, UDIA NSW always believed that the principles and intent of the Design & Place SEPP to improve design and environmental outcomes were right, however our chief concerns expressed in our submissions and meetings, were that the approach and method of implementation would have been disastrous for NSW and only made the housing and affordability crisis worse.

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City Shaping Infrastructure Is Great, But Where Will People Live?

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Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW has welcomed the Government’s announcement today of $3.3bn committed to NSW’s infrastructure pipeline.
Two types of infrastructure are critical to the future of Australia. The first of these is the city shaping infrastructure and the second is the enabling infrastructure that is essential for housing supply.

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State of the Land Report points to NSW housing affordability crisis continuing

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The UDIA State of the Land 2022 report released today on UDIA National TV, shows increased demand for housing has exposed historically thin supply pipelines and together with the pandemic driven materials shortages, has resulted in a further deterioration of supply and affordability.

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Flying Squad formation couldn’t have arrived at a better time

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At a time when developers, tradespeople and homeowners on the Central Coast have been frustrated by the delays in Development Approvals and Construction Certificates, the announcement by Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts of a Regional Housing Flying Squad to help regional councils clear development approvals faster, couldn’t have come at a better time according to Caine King, Chapter Chair of UDIA Central Coast.

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UDIA reveals direct connection between delays in planning approvals and house prices

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The NSW Government’s Productivity Commissioners review into the NSW Planning System in 2021, showed that NSW is the slowest planning system in Australia. With the major reforms in Victoria’s planning system aimed at speeding up building approvals and cutting red tape being announcing today, NSW will be falling further behind.

UDIA NSW research shows that delays in planning approvals are resulting in increased holding costs, which are closely tied to the planning process, especially with rezoning, approval timeframes and the coordinated delivery of utilities.

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