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Abstract: Housing affordability has emerged as a key issue in planning for Australia’s cities and regions. Critics of the planning system argue that planning contributes to house price inflation by limiting the release of residential land and increasing the costs of housing production through excessive development controls and charges. Yet international research and practice suggests that the planning system can and should secure affordable housing in new development, or risk exacerbating existing problems of sociospatial polarisation in urban growth. Drawing on AHURI research, this paper considers the potential transferability of established and new international models, focusing on the delivery of metropolitan planning commitments for affordable housing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

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