Developers battle bid to lift minimum Sydney unit sizes

By Julian Bajkowski There’s a longstanding joke that you couldn’t swing a cat in many of Sydney’s smaller flats and apartments, but debate over just how compact units in new property developments can has escalated into a full scale row over the future of the city’s industrialised inner suburbs of Botany and Mascot. Property development […]

Forced council mergers worry developers

By Julian Bajkowski Property development and finance lobby group Urban Task Force has upped the ante on the topic of forced local government amalgamations in NSW after it gave prominent reports pointing to compulsory mergers a conspicuously wide berth in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon. The group has reiterated its position that “clusters” of […]

Ideas for a better planning system in NSW

By Chris Johnson, Urban Taskforce CEO   A presumption for growth heads our list as a key driver of the states planning system.   The UK government has taken a similar approach in its draft National Planning Framework by focussing on a presumption for development and for growth.   Essentially a planning system is about […]


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