Urban development

Guide

03 Aug 2017

This document provides practical guidance for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia .

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Commentary

01 Aug 2017

A large body of research shows that living in cities can harm our health. We know poor urban design can lead to people being less physically active, which is a factor in weight problems, obesity and cancers. But did you know urban life might lead to poor mental health?

Recent research...

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Strategy

27 Jul 2017

Following the recent release of the draft vision for Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula (GPOP), Draft West Central District Plan and Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 by the Greater Sydney Commission, the Department of Planning and Environment, in collaboration with City of Parramatta and...

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Blog post

25 Jul 2017

The towers crowding out the centre of Australian cities are a symptom of failed governance and planning, and it’s threatening any transition to ecocities

To understand the major barrier to making our cities more sustainable and environmentally friendly places, just stand in the centre of...

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Report

20 Jul 2017

Australia's success in the 21st Century economy depends on our cities, suburbs and regional centres.

The Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan is committed to creating the foundations for success across all cities and regional centres.

Delivering on this commitment starts with...

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Policy report

19 Jul 2017

The Infrastructure Pipeline is Building Queensland’s independent assessment of infrastructure proposals under development by Queensland Government agencies, including departments, government-owned corporations and nominated statutory authorities.

The aim of the Infrastructure Pipeline is...

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Technical report

18 Jul 2017

Regional Land Supply Assessments are prepared as a component of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) Urban Development Program (UDP), which tracks and models land supply as per the requirements outlined in the Planning and Development Act 2005. The role of the WAPC includes...

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Policy report

18 Jul 2017

The State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) Parts A and B outline the Queensland infrastructure priorities to grow the economy, create jobs and provide quality services to Queenslanders. It provides a framework to allow government to plan and prioritise infrastructure investment and delivery in a...

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Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Article

11 Jul 2017

The release of 2016 Census data provides a good opportunity to reflect on the future growth of Australian cities. And what better example of the future to use than Tokyo?

Frequently the subject of futuristic visions, the city went through one of the world’s most rapid post-war population...

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Discussion paper

06 Jul 2017

In 2016, the Committee for Sydney and The Business of Cities published First Amongst Equals? , the first edition of a global benchmarking study of Sydney’s comparative performance against other world cities.

This second edition updates and develops this benchmarking exercise, rating...

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Article

05 Jul 2017

Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. This is the third article in The Conversation's series, Is Australia Full?, which aims to help inform a wide-ranging and often emotive debate.

Australia has the highest rate...

Guide

05 Jul 2017

Consulting the community before submitting a development application (DA) , known as pre DA consultation, can lead to better planning outcomes. It is an opportunity for developers of significant projects to involve the community in the early stages of a proposal, and for the community to provide...

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Journal article

04 Jul 2017

Comprehensive design schemes and specifications have progressively shaped Master-Planned Communities (MPCs). The market largely predetermines these outcomes, with background input from communities. Therefore, this paper endeavours to define the fundamental structures that generate differences...

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Article

03 Jul 2017

Western Sydney is Australia’s third-largest economy. With its population set to grow by one million people over the next twenty years, a City Deal for this region will be a big deal. The two other City Deals struck so far – in Townsville and Launceston – have been more modest in scope, which...

Article

30 Jun 2017

Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line, with or without state government support.

But these conversations need to move beyond the question of...

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Report

27 Jun 2017

This report highlights a number of case studies on how the property industry is using data to better understand customers, tenants and users in order to deliver improved planning, design, building and maintenance solutions. 

The report encourages a broader rethink on ways the NSW...

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Strategy

25 Jun 2017

It is estimated that Sydney’s population will grow by approximately 1.7 million people over the next 20 years. To meet the needs of a bigger population, 725,000 new homes and 817,000 new jobs need to be provided within the Sydney metropolitan area. New infrastructure, such as trains, buses,...

Briefing paper

20 Jun 2017

Budget Paper No. 2 Infrastructure Statement provides information on the Government’s infrastructure investment program. The objectives of this budget paper are to:

  • support transparency and accountability by reporting on planned capital expenditure covering new works and
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Report

16 Jun 2017

Central and inner city Perth continues to benefit from a long pipeline of public and private infrastructure investment. Now is the time for a new strategy, with a unified vision, to take advantage of these investments and create a world-class capital city to drive jobs and prosperity not only...

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