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Proposed Design and Place SEPP – creating further complexity in our planning system?
Insight 06 Apr 2021

The Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Design and Place SEPP, presently on public exhibition, signals major change to the assessment requirements for all development in NSW. Improving design outcomes in the built environment is important, but will the proposed SEPP be the right vehicle to achieve this objective, or will it add another layer to an already complex planning system? ...

In defence of densification
Insight 11 Feb 2021

In modern times, Australian cities and many around the world have strived to achieve greater urban densification. This is a trend driven by both the prevailing wisdom of the times and by necessity. Suddenly, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised fundamental questions about urban density and its risks. ...

Overview of Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime
Insight 25 Jan 2021

Significant changes to Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime came into effect on 1 January 2021. Our FIRB experts have summarised the key information you need to know about how the new FIRB regime operates. ...

Suburban hubs and the '20-minute neighbourhood'
Insight 10 Dec 2020

As cities grapple with how to open up following months of COVID-19 forced lockdowns, establishing '20-minute neighbourhoods' or suburban hubs could be an answer. ...

The health and economic crisis shines a spotlight on the need for greater social and affordable housing
Insight 20 Nov 2020

The pandemic has laid bare Australia's overextended and under-invested social and affordable housing market. We look at some of the investment initiatives that have been pursued to date by the state governments. We  also suggest some regulatory and planning changes that can be made. ...

Build-to-rent: stimulating recovery, ensuring resilience
Insight 10 Nov 2020

Build-to-Rent (BTR) helps drive economic productivity, and with the right government intervention, could not only play a key role in Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, but also ensure the future liveability and resilience of our cities. ...

Double-duty provisions to receive much needed guidance on what constitutes 'land development'
Insight 01 Oct 2020

The Victorian SRO has released a draft revenue ruling in an effort to provide practical guidance as to what types of activities constitute 'land development'. Unfortunately, the Draft Ruling does not overcome the existing uncertainty in some common situations and arguably seeks to expand the types of activities that may be considered 'land development'. ...

Retail Leases Amendment Act 2019 (Vic): changes to landlord and tenant rights and obligations
Insight 21 Sep 2020

We examine the key amendments introduced by the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic); and outline steps that both landlords and tenants should take in response. ...

More COVID-19 related planning changes in Queensland
Insight 15 Jul 2020

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Queensland Government has, since March 2020, made changes to streamline aspects of the planning system, and further changes are proposed. These further proposed changes are open for public submission until 7 August 2020. ...

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