Mr Stokes’ directive on sustainable development, issued on December 2 but in force from March 1, aimed to simplify the planning system, reduce bureaucracy and put people first. It said housing should meet the needs of the present “without compromising those of the future”. It was demolished on March 14.
These principles are also reflected in the new design policy developed by the Office of the Government Architect. It is being reviewed.
Mr Stokes instructed the planning department, developers and councils to also consult indigenous landowners, consider the risk of climate change and educate the public about the risks of natural disasters where they developed, lived or worked.
“Land use must be compatible with the level of risk of an area, such as open space or playing fields in flood prone locations,” said Stokes’ statement of principle.
Many in the real estate industry expect Mr. Roberts to abandon plans for the new Design and Place SEPP.
Luke Achterstraat, NSW Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, supported Mr Roberts’ move. With NSW facing a shortage of approximately 100,000 housing units, the council supported any measure aimed at reducing bureaucracy and activity that would “unblock” the planning system.
“The added significance of why we support the minister’s announcement is that he has doubled housing supply and affordability, recognizing that the industry is in a lengthy process of policy reform.”
He said the Property Council expected the new Design and Place SEPP to either be set aside or substantially changed. Backstreet said the government’s own models showed they would cost another $2.3 billion.
Urban Taskforce Australia chief executive Tom Forrest also welcomed Mr Roberts’ decision.
“Planners were confused. Lawyers were stunned. Developers were annoyed. It’s great to see this unwelcome initiative being abandoned,” Mr Forrest told . The urban planner.
Stephen Albin, analyst and director of consultants Urbanised, advised Mr Stokes on the scotched principles.
He was disappointed to see Mr Stokes’ principles being abandoned when NSW’s planning system had to be reformed. “The definition of stupidity is doing something over and over and expecting a different result,” he said. “We wanted a modern planning system that was inclusive.”
Ms Cockburn said she hoped the latest change by Mr Roberts would not hinder significant efforts to design places that meet the needs of their communities in the Design and Place SEPP.
Architects across Australia are also campaigning for new planning policies that will provide clearer standards and codes to protect consumers from the worsening impacts of climate change, including new controls for building in floodplains.
A recently published research report from Climate Valuation finds that one million homes across the country “are at high risk of devastating river flooding by 2030 without investment in adaptation and mitigation.”
The future of floodplain building will also be part of the investigation into the NSW disaster that killed nine people and damaged thousands of houses.
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