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Submission to IPART assessment of West Dapto Contributions Plan 2020

The Urban Development Institute of Australia – NSW (UDIA) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on IPART’s Draft Assessment of West Dapto Contributions Plan 2020 (the Report). Our two primary concerns with the Report are:
• There is insufficient evidence demonstrating the nexus between transport works and demand in the West Dapto Urban Release Area (WDURA) area. We believe lower order roads that only serve individual sites should be deleted from the Plan, and that too many signalled intersections have been included.
• There is real evidence that transport work costs (roads and bridges) have been overestimated and should be reduced to reflect both the actual costs emerging in West Dapto and more appropriate design standards.
We have a number of other concerns which we have raised in the submission – all of them are practical ways to reduce the cost of developing West Dapto without compromising the quality, safety or efficiency of the new communities.

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Submission to Port Stephens Draft LSPS

UDIA NSW offered the following recommendations to the Port Stephens Draft LSPS:
1. Provide a population projection and more definite dwelling and job targets.
2. Align the time horizon and actions of the LSPS with the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036.
3. Coordinate strategic expenditure on Dawsons Drain to expedite the Williamtown Catalyst Area.
4. Deliver a local Port Stephens Urban Development Program that is updated annually and publicly available to deliver and monitor growth of housing and employment land, with clear accountabilities, working in partnership with industry.
5. Create an independent economic development body to facilitate new investment to Port Stephens.
6. Seek bio-certification for strategic centres and catalyst areas.
7. Accelerate the delivery of local infrastructure from the s7.11 and s7.12 local infrastructure contributions accounts.
8. Maintain a merit-based approach to planning proposals with clear criteria for additional sites to be rezoned.
9. Provide flexibility in planning controls to encourage greater housing diversity.
10. Proceed cautiously and collaborate closely with industry in the development of any local biodiversity strategy, including koala management, and take a regional approach to biodiversity conservation.
11. Engage closely with industry to create flexible planning controls that enable vibrant mixed-use precincts that reflect future opportunities and the local flavour and utilise existing open space within future development opportunities.

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Submission to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Planning Package

UDIA commends the Planning Partnership for progressing planning for the Aerotropolis. The acceleration of additional precincts, as well as the delivery timeframes detailed in the Plan, indicate the Planning Partnership is committed to providing the planning needed to enable a vibrant Aerotropolis community.

However, UDIA has a number of concerns regarding the planning provisions in the Plan and the DCP, including the implications from the landscape-led planning approach on equally important planning goals, the lack of infrastructure planning and funding details, and the proposed affordable housing provisions.

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Submission to the Shellharbour City Council Draft Open Space and Recreation Needs Study & Strategy

UDIA is generally supportive of the findings within the Study that Shellharbour residents have access to a wide variety of open space and recreation facilities. Our industry supports and funds the provision of some of this infrastructure, and it provides value to homebuyers and investors.

We acknowledge the predictions in the Study of a shift to greater medium density take-up but believe this shift will be larger than predicted in the Study, and will also include a similar shift to high density in areas of high amenity. Direction 1 of the Strategy needs to be clearly aligned to the optimal density outcomes achievable under the Shellharbour Local Environmental Plan.

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Submission to the Lake Macquarie City Council Draft Housing Strategy

While UDIA generally supports the Objectives and Actions of the draft Strategy, we appreciate this opportunity to offer our recommendations for improvement and clarification. This submission highlights the key issues that we have identified on behalf of our members which include a range of major developers operating within Lake Macquarie.

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Submission to the draft Western Corridor Contributions Plan

UDIA considers that the review of the Western Corridor Contributions Plan is incomplete. We believe the proposed increase in the contribution rate is significant and not justified by the information provided, and there are questions around nexus to the proposed infrastructure items. These issues leave the Plan susceptible to legal challenge, creating further uncertainty.

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