Property development



Are we building harder, hotter cities? The vital importance of urban green spaces

This report presents new data on how public and private green spaces in Auckland, Hamilton and Greater Wellington have evolved over the decades. It finds New Zealand's cities are currently well-endowed with green space, though some suburbs are greener than others.

Principles for healthy urban development

In this paper, the authors discuss the principles for healthy urban development and its connections with health, wellbeing and equity. They also describe how good urban design can protect and promote health, and improve health, equity and disability outcomes.

Understanding how policy settings affect developer decisions

This research examines how policy settings affect developer decisions - necessary to provide policy-makers with an understanding of how private sector housing supply is likely to react to settings and events which affect development costs, revenues and timeframes. The research also examines the issue of...

Staged releases: peering behind the land supply curtain

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.

Social mix at Nightingale Village

Social mix, by including social housing tenures in private developments, is a widely used mechanism for improving access to social housing. Yet there is little evidence about its benefits despite growing interest in mechanisms such as inclusionary zoning. This report delivers a baseline of practitioner...
Conference paper

Why communities protest: a case study of the protest signs of Yaroomba (SE Qld)

This study uses a case study of community activism at Yaroomba, a small town on the Sunshine Coast (SC) of South East Queensland, Australia, to illustrate a campaign of resistance to a proposed beachfront highrise development. The paper's aim was the artefact analysis of these...

Evaluation and learning in public housing urban renewal

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.

People in planning

This ebook is based on interviews with 15 UK-based developers and planning, engineering, traffic and communications consultants during April 2021.
Policy report

Does high-rise development damage neighbourhood character?

Local residents often oppose new apartment buildings on the grounds that they would harm neighbourhood character. This paper examines several examples of high-rise development in Sydney.
Discussion paper

Activating the Harbour City

This paper outlines a proposal to deliver Sydneysiders continuous foreshore access from the iconic Sydney Opera House to the rapidly expanding geographic centre of Sydney - the Parramatta CBD.
Case study

Victoria's commercial land use zoning

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.

Managing development contributions

Development contributions are payments or in-kind works, facilities or services that developers and landowners provide towards the supply of infrastructure. This audit examined whether development contributions provide required infrastructure to new and growing communities as intended.
Discussion paper

Review of the 2015 Telecommunications in New Developments (TIND) policy

The Morrison Government is reviewing arrangements for telecommunications in new developments. The current Telecommunications in New Developments (TIND) policy, released in March 2015, provides the framework for this access, while also fostering competition between network providers to service developments.
Draft report

Planning guidelines for golf course redevelopment: draft

These guidelines provide guidance to local councils, the Victorian government, golf courses and clubs, and the development sector, on the key planning steps and considerations for the future development of surplus golf course land.
Briefing paper

The NSW planning system

This e-brief provides an overview of the NSW planning system as of 18 July 2019, including an appended glossary of common planning acronyms. It also outlines the objects of the system, the roles and responsibilities of key public authorities, and the avenues by which the...

Understanding the assumptions and impacts of the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program

This report, evaluating the Victorian government’s program to redevelop inner suburban public housing estates, says the plan may reduce the amount of homes available for vulnerable households.

Transforming Fishermans Bend: unlocking jobs and innovation for Melbourne

Melbourne is a city undergoing unprecedented growth coupled with rapid technological disruption, and it is also home to one of the world’s highest-potential urban redevelopment precincts. The regeneration of the Fishermans Bend precinct into an employment and innovation cluster could be worth up to $12...
Conference paper

Urban fringe claypits

Claypits, which primarily produce materials for construction, are often located on the urban fringe – situated to take advantage of cheap land and outside of the stricter regulatory context of town planning boundaries but close enough to efficiently service their market. In Melbourne, the fringe...
Conference paper

Making something of a hole in the ground

Quarrying is a noxious industrial activity necessary for the provision of stone and clay, utilised predominately in building activities as the city grows. In post-industrial Melbourne, the extraction of these materials has left a pock-marked landscape, reflecting the fact that the city was settled upon...
Conference paper

Up and out

Following the decline of manufacturing at the end of the twentieth century, land and infrastructure speculation continued to drive suburban expansion at the edges of the city of Melbourne. Mass transit technologies allowed suburban sprawl in the 1870s through the construction of light and heavy...
Conference paper

Henry Krongold and Lincolnville

The city of Melbourne is one significantly shaped by the activities of private land developers, who undertook the subdivision, planning, and sale of residential estates which now comprise the bulk of extant suburbs. A number of these estates were highly speculative in nature, reflecting renewed...
Conference paper

“Town and gown concordat?”

This paper examines the development of Notre Dame University in Fremantle Western Australia, in light of Sharon Haar’s work on the regeneration of the city of Chicago through its various university campuses. A nineteenth century port city and now heritage precinct, the West End of...
Conference paper

Utopia or Dystopia

Australia is a settler society where the rural-urban fringe of the major cities and regional centres is a contestable stage. There are a range of actors who compete in place making processes reshaping the cultural landscape when there is collision over the ownership of space...
Discussion paper

The effect of zoning on housing prices

Some government policies restrict the supply of housing. Examples include minimum lot sizes, maximum building heights and planning approval processes. Although these restrictions may confer benefits, they also raise the price of housing. This paper attempts to quantify the effect of zoning on housing prices...
Discussion paper

Planning for a vibrant future: discussion draft

This resource aims to harmonise land use planning with the government’s overall strategy for developing the Northern Territory.