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A state-wide approach to housing strategy proposed for NSW

The NSW Government is preparing a comprehensive Housing Strategy for the whole of the state. This briefing reviews a discussion paper released to assist councils in preparing their own submissions, as well as a briefing on key themes and potential implications for local government.

Australia
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How is your local area impacted by rental affordability for housing?

This briefing looks at the rental affordability index (RAI) which has been developed by SGS Economics and Planning in partnership with National Shelter, Community Sector Banking, and Brotherhood St Laurence since 2015. Housing affordability is an increasingly important issue for councils, and the RAI provides an easy to understand indicator of rental affordability relative to…

Australia
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Affordable Housing Policy: impacts on development feasibility

Many local governments are looking at ways to help address the shortage of affordable housing. This briefing explores options for local governments to increase the supply of affordable housing, and argues that a broad-based inclusionary zoning is likely to be the most effective mechanism.

Australia
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Addressing the Housing Crisis: Global Local Executive Panel – Event summary

The final LGiU and VLGA global panel of 2021, Innovative Approaches to Addressing the Housing Crisis, brought together representatives from Cornwall Council in the UK, Cork City Council in Ireland, and Infrastructure Australia to explore the ways in which local governments can and are working to address the housing crisis.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa
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Achieving greater housing diversity through the planning system

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is currently exhibiting the Housing Diversity SEPP – Explanation of Intended Effect. This briefing outlines the recent changes made to the Seniors SEPP, the proposed changes to the three housing-related SEPPs and the three new housing types.

Australia
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Planning reforms for housing diversity

This briefing is one in a series that has been tracking planning reform in NSW, including Reforms to local strategic planning in NSW: A new role for councils? It will be of interest to technical planning officers in NSW in particular, but also councillors engaged in local planning policy, and other council staff interested in…

Australia
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Reforms to local strategic planning in NSW: A new role for councils?

This briefing discusses recent reforms to local strategic planning and the preparation of new Local Housing Strategies by local governments in New South Wales. These are part of efforts to introduce improved local strategic land use planning aligned with longer-term regional and district strategic plans.

Australia
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Who really pays for open space and affordable housing contributions?

In this briefing, Gerard Lind explores how open space and affordable housing contributions work and who really pays – spoiler alert, it’s not simply passed on to homebuyers as many in the housing and development industry would have you believe.

Australia
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Summer recap: International planning and housing briefings

This recap provides some summer reading for Australian local government officials and staff that are interested in housing and planning matters and provides links to the original briefings for those interested in more detail. This is just a small window into the breadth of content available in the LGiU briefings catalogue.

Australia
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Build to rent: What is it?

Whilst Build to Rent (BTR) is still a relatively new asset class in Australia, it is well established in Europe and the US, and more recently, in the UK. This briefing looks at BTR in the UK to explain exactly what it is, and why governments are interested in supporting this model of development.

Australia