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How do we achieve sustainable future growth? 17/12/2016

One of the primary goals of UDIA and our membership is to ensure that Perth grows sustainably and we continue to improve the liveability and vibrancy of our great city.

One of the primary goals of UDIA and our membership is to ensure that Perth grows sustainably and we continue to improve the liveability and vibrancy of our great city.

This goal is important for current homebuyers and critical for our future generations who deserve the opportunity to live in nurturing communities that suit their lifestyle needs.

To achieve this, the development industry must have the capacity to provide housing in an affordable and efficient way that meets people’s requirements both financially and in terms of lifestyle, while also respecting the environment.

The right balance of quality development in existing and new areas requires land use planning policy that provides a clear framework for urban development that includes transparent and regularly reviewed criteria that is used to assess individual projects on their merit.

The idea of a performance-based assessment that takes each individual development on merit, rather than making blanket decisions about where and when development can occur, ensures that new housing is provided in the most appropriate places, where people want to live. High-quality, precinct scale development in infill and greenfield locations means densification of certain areas can occur where appropriate and a mix of dwelling types can be achieved in well planned areas that provide access to transport, employment and other necessary services.

This type of market-driven approach has the potential to achieve great outcomes for Perth rather than following a path of restrictive policy that tends to stifle innovation and dictate where land can be released.

An example of where restrictive policy can have unintended negative consequences is the introduction of an urban growth boundary (UGB). A UGB is an arbitrary boundary implemented by government that basically draws a ‘line in the sand’ where development cannot occur beyond that line.

In broad terms, UGBs constrain land supply, restrict housing choice and reduce affordability. The biggest impact for consumers is the resultant higher land prices and limited choice of where you can live.

A UGB was introduced in Melbourne in 2002 and studies have shown that established home prices increased by 56 per cent between 2002 and 2008 and Melbourne is now the second most expensive city in Australia.

While no one wants to see uncontrolled development that results in areas isolated due to lack of infrastructure, an integrated approach to land use planning that incorporates long-term infrastructure and transport planning can ensure development occurs in the most appropriate places for the future.

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