Wednesday 22 November 2023
Don’t allow rebrand to slow down solutions to the housing crisis
The Property Council of Australia is calling on the NSW Government to release the State’s revised housing targets alongside the National Housing Accord reform package following today’s announcement that the Greater Cities Commission (GCC) will be disbanded under new legislation to be introduced to Parliament today.
The Property Council’s NSW Executive Director, Katie Stevenson acknowledged the GCC’s critical strategic planning role in the development of the Metropolis of Three Cities framework and Six Cities vision.
“The GCC was borne out of a need to provide clearer and more consistent strategic planning direction in NSW, and it has changed the way we think about and plan for our cities.
“A quick resolution of the legislation is vital so the NSW Government can firmly focus its attention on finalising the housing-related planning reform package before the end of the year.
“The work on the Region Plan and the housing targets is largely done and regardless of which agency logo is on top of the page, we cannot afford to let this administrative change delay these important pieces of the puzzle.
“It’s vital that ambitious housing targets are released simultaneously with these planning reforms to provide certainty and a clarity on the future pattern of residential development in the state.
“The Minns Government has been working on the planning reforms for many months and it would be a major missed opportunity for the housing targets not to be released alongside this crucial work.
“Industry is ready and willing to work alongside the NSW Government in its ambition to address the housing crisis and will move quickly to mobilise investment when the reform package is released,” Ms Stevenson said.
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