14 October 2013
The Urban Taskforce has consistently argued that for development to occur there is an urgent need for planning authorities to acknowledge that the development industry must be provided with a planning system that will support the delivery of housing that responds to market demand. Lackluster development performance has been the result of inflexible and/or inappropriate planning controls in a number of locations in the Growth Centres and also infill locations within the Sydney Metropolitan Region.
07 February 2013
Response from The Hon. Greg Pearce MLC re UTF letter on Inquiry into Land Valuation System dated 05.02.13
05 February 2013
UTF letter to Hon. Michael Baird MP, Treasurer re Inquiry into Land Valuation System
17 October 2012
The Urban Taskforce has reviewed the Amendment to Schofields Precinct Plan - State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) and accompanying planning reports. While we support the draft amendment to the SEPP, we take this opportunity to highlight the urgent need for flexibility in the areas of land use zoning, particularly when drafting planning instruments.
03 September 2012
Reply from NSW Treasurer Mike Baird MP re the review of land tax assessment processes
3 August 2012
The Urban Taskforce has reviewed the exhibited material and we provide the following comments:
31 July 2012
The Urban Taskforce has reviewed the re-exhibited Box Hill and Box Hill Industrial draft Precinct
Planning Package and provides the following comments for your consideration.
18 May 2012
Draft Warriewood Valley Strategic Review
As you would be aware the Urban Taskforce seeks the introduction of government policy that will
support expected population growth and grow the economy. We consider useful Government
policy to be policy that is predicated on a presumption for growth. We are in great need of
strategies and plans that focus on the facilitation and permissibility of industry and development.
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14 November 2011
The Urban Taskforce has reviewed the exhibited Box Hill and Box Hill Industrial draft Precinct Planning Package and provides the following comments for your consideration. Our issues of concern relate primarily to the:
- urgent need to reduce development levies;
- deferral of the special infrastructure contribution increases;
- impact of fractured ownership on lot production;
- overly prescriptive nature of development control plans; and,
use of the NSW Housing Code rather than a different set of standards
5 October 2011
There needs to be an anti-NIMBY provision. Narrowing of state significant development categories is not appropriate. Rail corridor should be defined. There is an absence of transitional provisions for existing applications before the joint regional planning panels. There are problems with the provision related to staged development and joint regional planning panels.