28 June 2013
The Metropolitan Strategy should expect that our population will grow by at least 1.4 million. Hence a minimum housing target of at least 570,000 and a minimum jobs target of at least 675,000 should be set. Furthermore, to kick start development, we say that all land within 800 metres of railway stations and centres within corridors should be identified as potential Urban Activation Precincts.
17 March 2013
We are in great need of strategies that focus on the facilitation and permissibility of development. We must see more strategies that recognise the importance of development and make the development assessment process less complex. We are pleased that a renewal strategy is being developed for Newcastle and we hope that this will result in appropriate changes to existing planning controls that will encourage development that meets the need of growth.
16 May 2013
The Urban Taskforce organised a presentation of the winning design for the Crown Sydney design completion to our members and to the Sydney media on 16 May 2013. The event attracted considerable media interest with half a dozen TV cameras and a large number of journalists. Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson was the MC for the event which included presentations from Todd Nisbet, Executive Vice President Strategy & Development of Crown Resorts and Paul Baker, Design Architect from Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Chris Johnson organised a Q and A session with the speakers.
03 May 2013
This submission summarises the position of Urban Taskforce Australia on the proposal by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport to review AS2021.
03 May 2013
The Urban Taskforce is supportive of planning policy that is evidence based and drafted to encourage the growth of urban environments. We are of of the view that the Lower Hunter Strategy Discussion Paper ("the discussion paper") is a good start to the preparation of a robust strategy for the Lower Hunter.
25 March 2013
The Urban Taskforce has grave concerns with government processes that duplicate and overly complicate an already complex environmental assessment and approval process. We strongly advocate for reforms to the assessment and approval process that will deliver an improved, more efficient and transparent environmental assessment and approval system. We argue that the Commonwealth should implement improvements to the administrative processes associated with approvals pursuant to the EPBC Act particularly the development and implementation of a generic approval bilateral agreement relating to national and world heritage listed sites.
17 March 2013
The Urban Taskforce is supportive of planning policy that is evidence based and drafted to encourage the growth of urban environments. The Urban Taskforce is of the view that theNewcastle Urban Renewal Strategy ("the strategy") is a well researched and thorough analysis of theurban development issues facing Newcastle.
08 March 2013
The Urban Taskforce concerns with the valuation system relates primarily to the:
- unrealistic broad-brush land values being applied to greenfield land based on land zoning without due consideration of:
- actual land use;
- development capability of the land;
- need and cost of provision of essential infrastructure;
- requirement for land owners to pay land tax upfront based on land valuations in dispute and/or subject to legal challenge;
- costs not being awarded to the appellant when land valuations are determined by the courts.
28 February 2013
Our concerns with the Draft Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2012 relate to the urgent need for a:
- Comprehensive and transparent review of existing planning controls, not a simple translation of existing controls into the standard template; and,
- Significant increase in residential density in the vicinity of proposed light rail stations and along the light rail corridor.
07 February 2013
Response from The Hon. Greg Pearce MLC re UTF letter on Inquiry into Land Valuation System dated 05.02.13