This National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) is about ensuring the availability of New Zealand’s most favourable soils for food and fibre production, now and for future generations. The policy provides direction to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the...
This report investigates the rate of lot sales in nine major master-planned housing developments. The research reveals a 'staged release' approach that responds to price growth, but appears crafted to avoid supply-led price declines.
Renewable energy development and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth): the fairness of validating future Acts associated with renewable energy projects
The authors of this paper argue that the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth) should be amended to place less weight on economic and similar considerations when authorising the compulsory acquisition of native title for renewable energy development, or prohibit the compulsory acquisition of native title...
The loss of peri-urban agricultural land and the state-local tensions in managing its demise: the case of Greater Western Sydney, Australia
This study examines the drivers of peri-urban agricultural land loss in Greater Western Sydney (GWS), one of the fastest growing peri-urban regions in Australia, and on the particular contribution of government planning policy and resultant tensions between state and local government decision making.
This case study examines attitudes of councils towards verge gardening in Greater Sydney. The research questions include: What are council attitudes towards edible plants in verge gardening? Are the policy approaches cautious and risk averse or explicitly aiming to reduce barriers?
Infrastructure is fundamental to the liveability and productivity of any city and, especially post-COVID cities would face the growing significance of suburban infrastructure due to a strengthened preference for low-density living. This research addresses land-based infrastructure funding mechanisms in place in Victoria, Australia and Seoul...
Living within limits: adapting the planetary boundaries to understand Australia’s contribution to planetary health
This report summarises work undertaken through the Land Use Futures program to adapt the planetary boundaries to the Australian context. It outlines how Australia is tracking against its share of five of the planetary boundaries and considers how the land use sector is both contributing...
Historically, Melbourne and Victoria’s regional centres have provided residents with access to parks and open space that has been the envy of the world. This report examines many factors relevant to the current and future provision of environmental infrastructure in Melbourne and in Victoria's growing...
A key recommendation in this report is that the Australian government should support initiatives to improve innovative use of land tenure systems across northern Australia and to make land management more effective and beneficial for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Council for Intellectual Disability submission to Central Coast Council on Mooney Mooney and Peat Island planning proposal
This submission was written in response to the NSW Government's proposal to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney. The document considers the potential role of former disability institution sites and draws upon Australian disability policy development and cultural heritage strategy.
This research analyses how evaluation of public housing renewal is informing policy development and delivery to maximise financial returns and socio-economic outcomes, and seeks to understand how key public policies, such as mixed-tenure development, can enable both social and economic returns.
Planning decisions that alter the nature or extent of property rights on land can generate large windfall gains on the value of that land. This study compares 2017 sales data for 33 properties in Fishermans Bend where there was a repeat sale at the time...
This paper explores how much progress has been made towards reducing emissions in four key UK sectors – power and energy, built environment, road transport, and agriculture and land use.
This report draws on sector research already completed by the the CRCNA which found landholders, agricultural investors and the wider community remain frustrated with the processes for prioritising, planning, assessing and approving new development.
This case study explores the implementation and impacts of changes to Victoria’s commercial zones over the past decade. Victoria’s experience suggests it is possible to introduce greater flexibility into zoning arrangements with positive outcomes.
Dave Owens, former Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, and Professor Mary O’Kane, Independent Planning Commission Chair and former NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, led this six-month inquiry, which reviewed the causes of, preparation for, and response to the 2019-20 bushfires.
This is an update of a paper, first published in October 2013, which sought to outline and encourage discussion of these issues and how they might be addressed. It is based on detailed analyses of the science, practical grass roots experience, consideration of what has...
Getting to net-zero emissions by 2050 requires a combination of technology and policy, and the pathway can take many forms. This brief provides several building blocks that governments are using, or are considering, to construct these pathways, but the scale of current policies is insufficient...
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that economic development continues, while environmental values are protected in the long term. Together with associated guidelines, this policy creates an overarching framework for offset assessment and decision-making in the NT, and provides certainty and transparency for...