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Election key to promoting better urban outcomes for WA 21/01/2017

The beginning of 2017 marks the final run to the state election on March 11 and UDIA has established a clear set of priorities that we believe the next government must address to support good urban development outcomes in WA.

The beginning of 2017 marks the final run to the state election on March 11 and UDIA has established a clear set of priorities that we believe the next government must address to support good urban development outcomes in WA.

More than just highlighting the issues, we are providing clear recommendations about how industry and government can work together to achieve great outcomes for our state.

Our first priority is a policy environment that will ensure Perth remains a liveable city in the long-term. Liveability encompasses economic success, cultural and aesthetic attributes and quality of life, as well as the ease with which people move around.

For Perth, the key to improved liveability is supporting the creation of more active urban centres, the provision of a diversity of housing and the ability for industry to innovate and provide the right housing in the right places.

Our second priority is securing a commitment to a planned and coordinated approach by government toward the provision of major infrastructure that incorporates proper funding.

Currently, the lack of a coherent, whole of government infrastructure investment plan and poor planning and coordination between government agencies has resulted in underinvestment in infrastructure which impacts on the liveability, affordability and sustainability of housing. This brings us to our third priority, improving housing affordability.

There is a direct relationship between land supply and the cost of housing and it is therefore critical that government delivers a clearer, faster approvals system that will unlock appropriate land supply.

Affordability is also negatively impacted by high land taxes and stamp duty charges.

Stamp duty and land tax continue to constrain people’s ability to buy a house and stamp duty also significantly raises the cost of property transactions, inhibiting people’s ability to move to more appropriate housing as their needs change. We want to see the removal or significant discounting of stamp duty as well as changes to the land tax regimes.

Our final priorities are in relation to the planning and environmental approvals systems. Both need to be reviewed to provide more certainty in terms of policy requirements, approval processes and timeframes.

To foster more innovative housing and development that better suits the future needs of our population, UDIA supports a proponent-led, principles-based approach to planning that leverages technological advances, social change and innovation, celebrates excellence, and enables and facilitates quality development in both greenfield and brownfield locations.

UDIA will be discussing its priorities and recommendations with both major parties and we look forward to making their positions on these issues available to those interested in finding out more details.

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