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By Cameron Jewell 7 May 2013 — NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has released a “message from the minister” in an attempt to combat growing community unease around planning reforms. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 18 April 2013 – The architects like it. The development industry and its pals will eventually admit they love it. The community is getting set for war. And the environmentalists think it’s not too bad. That’s the short view of the NSW planning reforms Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 19 September 2012 – The NSW government’s policy backflip on orderly retreat from coastal development threatened by rising sea levels has thrown planners and advisers into chaos. The only clarity is that the new regime will have no impact on either the physical or insurance risk for such property. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 13 September 2012 — Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood certainly puts his money where his mouth is. The former urban planner, with qualifications in sustainability, has been in the role two years and one of his first moves was to dump the V8 sedan which came with the job. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 11 September 2012 — The NSW Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy, released on Tuesday, has given the coal industries “carte blanche” to mine across the state, environmentalists and farmers say. The government headlined its announcement of the policy as “protection for agricultural land and water resources”. Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said the package of initiatives Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 11 September 2012 – Today’s greenfield residential developments lack the flexibility needed for them to survive as successful suburbs of tomorrow, a Grattan Institute report has found. The report, Tomorrow’s suburbs: Building flexible neighbourhoods, canvasses options such as laying bigger water pipes, creating more flexible buildings Read More  
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By Simon Carter, Morphosis 29 August 2012 — Something special is happening in New York City. As the end of Michael Bloomberg’s third and final term as Mayor draws near, a green renaissance is in full swing. Downtown, the 9/11 Memorial park is now open and the new green skyscrapers replacing the World Trade Centre are topping out. Midtown, the Empire State Building is becoming 38 per cent more energy efficient Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 13 August 2012 – The three “Cs”, civic leaders, corporate leaders and citizens working together, are what makes good cities great, former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy says. Mr Murphy, now a senior fellow of the US Urban Land Institute, presented a vision for Sydney during a public lecture hosted by the Warren Centre Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 13 July 2012 – Highlight of BEMP, the Built Environment Meets Parliament summit held on 27 June, was undoubtedly social researcher Rebecca Huntley, who  stole the show talking about everyone’s favourite subject, ourselves. Huntley took a leap in her national profile when she appeared in the Q & A session Read More  
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11 July 2012 – The jury citation for a major winner at the 2012 Australian Awards for Urban Design, “The Future of Penrith, Penrith of the Future” project, said the vision for the regional centre of Penrith had been created “by valuing the issues, observations and ideas of local inhabitants. The project “resulted in a concept that embraces urban design fundamentals such as accessible public space, recreational precincts, densification, pedestrianisation, sustainability and... 
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11 July 2012 – Proposed sweeping reforms to Victoria’s residential, commercial, industrial and rural planning zones have been released by the Victorian Government and are now open for feedback. Key features include: the introduction of a Neighbourhood Residential Zone; new General Residential and Residential Growth zones; improvements to the existing Mixed Use, Comprehensive Development and Activity Centre zones; new and more flexible Commercial 1 and Commercial 2 zones; reform to support tourism... 
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By Robin Mellon, Green Building Council of Australia 4 July 2012 ­ During June I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in some of Europe’s great cities, including Berlin, Milan and Paris. Many of these are considered “old” cities, particularly when compared to Australian cities, and so have developed and evolved in very different ways to our own. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 28 June 2012 – Australia’s peak lobby group for the built environment, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council released its raft of recommendations for how to adapt to climate change at the annual property/political talk fest, the Built Environment Meets Parliament summit in Canberra on Wednesday. Read More  
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27 June 2012 – Sydney took home three of the four major awards and Brisbane the fourth at Tuesday  night’s  2012 Australia Awards for Urban Designs at a “who’s who” dinner in Canberra that also signalled the opening of the annual Built Environment Meets Parliament conference on Wednesday. The awards, hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, opened with a presentation by Grand Designs Australia’s Peter Maddison Read More  
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By Lily Morrissey 26 June 2012 – The sun is shining. Children are playing. Sincere government officials conduct community surveys Read More  
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21 Junes 2012 – Victorian Minister for Planning Matthew Guy today announced rezoning for Fishermans Bend, E-Gate and Richmond Railway Station for mixed use urban renewal. “This puts Fishermans Bend, E-Gate and Richmond Station in the same category as the CBD, Southbank and Docklands,” Mr Guy said. See our recent article on SGS Economics and planning analysis on the big picture for growth in Melbourne and Sydney,  SGS forum to unlock barriers to better cities and Understanding Sydney: a view... 
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12 April 2012 – What makes a city a thriving hub of jobs and competitive advantage? SGS Economics and Planning held a forum in Sydney in late March that suggested agglomeration was the key. But if so, this raises important questions, the  speakers said. For instance, should the city centres be prioritised over the suburbs? Is density for agglomeration compatible with liveability?  Which transport connections should be the priority?  Is Infrastructure NSW the answer to the integrated transport... 
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15 June 2012  – ABC’s Quentin Dempster in his current affairs program 7.30 will tonight (Friday) will feature plans to turn Sydney’s clogged and down-at-heel Parramatta Road into a vibrant urban growth corridor, after hosting an Urban Task Force breakfast on the subject on Thursday. Highlighted in the promotion for the program will be coverage of a detailed strategic plan for the road prepared in 2002 Read More  
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Development on steroids? 14 June 2012 ­ – Right now the NSW state cabinet is considering exactly what powers to hand its new development authority, announced in Tuesday’s budget, Urbangrowth NSW. One consideration will be to hand the authority compulsory acquisition power. The other is the right to approve developments, ahead of local governments. Both are important but the latter is a game changer. The acquisition power will be a handy way to deal with pesky landowners in designated... 
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13 June 2012 – Victorian’s urban sprawl gates have been thrown open again. This time Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced six new suburbs for Melbourne. He also on Wednesday announced completion of the Growth Corridor Plans Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 13 June 2012 – The Urban Task Force of NSW, headed by former government architect Chris Johnson, and a design consortium are at loggerheads over who has authorship for ideas to revitalise the traffic-plagued and down-at-heel Parramatta Road corridor in Sydney. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 7 June 2012 – The Victorian government has refused to support a number of key recommendations from the Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee, including that environmental concerns be highlighted in planning. Read More  
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By Jane Jose 10 April 2012 – This year could be a turning point for Canberra.  Just a year away from the national capital’s big party to celebrate 100 years as a planned city, the ACT Government is launching a renewed planning strategy with an integrated transport plan. The work is prompted by the community and government’s strong push to improve the city’s carbon footprint, while sustainably housing 80,000 more people. An estimated 55,000 additional homes are needed by the year 2030. The... 
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31 May 2012 – A suite of Sustainable Design Fact Sheets have been launched by the four inner city councils that form the Inner Melbourne Action Plan. The fact sheets, created by the cities of Stonnington, Port Phillip, Yarra and Melbourne, will provide residents, designers and builders with better sustainable design advice at the planning permit application stage. In easy-to-understand language, they address the 10 key sustainable building categories Read More  
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11 May 2012 – The Victorian Government said today it had slashed red tape for planning. Key measures involved: Reform of the planning scheme amendment (rezoning) process – reducing the number of steps and the length of time involved A code assessment track for simple, low-impact permit applications Reform zones and planning provisions to simplify complex and lengthy regulations A review of the Farming Zone to give more flexibility to Victoria’s farmers and rural communities An increase in... 
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9 May 2012 - Queensland planning projects swept the field  at the 2012 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence in Adelaide on 1 May winning eight of the 12 awards. Read More  
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3 May 2012 – The NSW Government has released a discussion paper for contribution to a new metropolitan strategy for Sydney over the next 20 years.. “Throughout the year the Department of Planning & Infrastructure will consult with communities, residents, businesses, workers, government and industry about what people want from Sydney,” an announcement form the Department of Planning and Infrastructure said. A draft strategy will follow in mid-late 2012. A final document will be released... 
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By Patrick Fensham 12 April 2012  – This article, focused on the opportunities in Sydney for jobs and more housing, is an edited version of a recent presentation by Patrick Fensham at a cities forum by SGS Economics and Planning, where he is a director.   Geography and topography and existing development Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 3 April 2012 – The states and territories capacity for strategic planning and report card against key performance criteria are neither uniformly good or bad. There are some high achievers in some areas that could be good exemplars for other jurisdictions, but overall there is huge room for improvement. None of this is surprising. The assessment is from the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council’s Review of Capital Cities Strategic Planning Systems. Read More  
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28 March 2012 – The convenor of a national urban design forum in Victoria next month, Bill Chandler, believes there needs to be a better understanding of the economic value of good urban design particularly in regional cities where more than four million live. “Bad design costs you money,” he told The Fifth Estate. There is a more subtle way to promote good design: encouraging people to enjoy street life, to be part of a community, to have the necessary facilities such as close public... 
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