Douna Group Support NSW Government Housing Reforms

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Douna Group Support for NSW Government’s Planning Reforms

The planning reforms introduced by the NSW Government are a monumental leap forward for the state’s housing sector. These transformative changes promise not just to increase the housing supply but also to inject a much-needed sense of affordability into the market.

In light of the NSW Government’s planning reforms, Douna Group wholeheartedly supports these pivotal measures, recognizing their potential to significantly enhance housing affordability and supply. Our dedication to community well-being and sustainable development aligns seamlessly with the vision behind these reforms. By incorporating innovative design and construction techniques that emphasize both efficiency and environmental responsibility, we are excited to contribute to a housing market that is more accessible to all. Our commitment is not just to building homes, but to fostering thriving, inclusive communities where every individual has the opportunity to live in quality, affordable housing that meets their needs and surpasses their expectations.

Extraordinary measures such as in-fill affordable housing incentive bonuses for bonus floor space ratio (FSR) and height, and the introduction of a new state significant development (SSD) approval pathway for new residential developments mark a revolutionary approach.

The creation of 39 Transport Oriented Development (TOD) Precincts, each with affordable housing requirements, is an admirable venture. The commitment to speed and efficiency is evident in the temporary SSD approval pathway available in the eight TOD Accelerated Precincts until November 2027.

The innovative “pattern book” of low and mid-rise building designs, combined with accelerated approval pathways for developers adopting these designs, heralds a new era of rapid, quality construction. Besides, extending approval pathways for residential development by the Aboriginal Housing Office, the Land and Housing Corporation, and Landcom is a commendable move that signifies inclusivity.

Sure, there may be hurdles in the assessment of new development applications, and existing state and local controls may present tensions. Some may argue that the minimum affordable housing component required for the in-fill affordable housing bonus, which is in addition to any locally mandated requirements, could pose challenges. Heritage protections that may limit the use of bonuses in developments involving heritage items or within conservation areas is another aspect to consider.

However, these stumbling blocks should not overshadow the potential benefits of the reforms. While existing approved projects may not be able to modify their plans to take advantage of the FSR or height uplift under the incentive bonuses, the long-term gain for future developments cannot be underestimated.

Despite questions surrounding the resources of councils, the flexibility of control application, and the calibration of contributions plans for local infrastructure, these reforms are a positive step towards increasing housing supply.

The impact of these reforms are not yet visible, but their potential is tremendous. As with any paramount changes, there will be challenges. But, considering the strategic approach and innovative measures within these reforms, I’m confident that the NSW Government will navigate these obstacles effectively, bringing about a revolution in the state’s housing supply.

In the complex and ever-evolving landscape of housing in New South Wales, much has been said about the need for structural changes. The recent planning reforms, as discussed in the comprehensive report by Allens here , represent a step towards a more equitable and sustainable housing situation.

These reforms, as the name suggests, seek to reshape the landscape of housing planning, construction, and delivery in NSW. They are a laudable effort towards addressing the monumental housing challenges facing this region.

There’s no denying that more needs to be done, as suggested by the report, but it’s also vital to acknowledge the significant strides that these reforms represent. They are a sign of a proactive government keen on tackling the longstanding issues in our housing sector.

With the implementation of these reforms, we can anticipate a surge in housing development and, by extension, a more balanced housing market. In turn, this could lead to increased affordability for residents of NSW.

In conclusion, while understanding that more is needed, let’s not discount the value of the steps that are being taken. Indeed, these reforms are an encouraging manifestation of progress and commitment to improve housing in NSW.