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Our 2017 policy agenda in review

In February this year, the Institute launched a proactive policy agenda to tackle issues important to you. Here’s a quick overview that highlights the progress we made in 2017:

1. Monitoring regional plan delivery

  • We obtained a commitment from the State Government to review the current environmental offsets framework as part of a strategic assessment
  • A Growth Monitoring Program to be implemented that will track growth against the dwelling benchmarks in ShapingSEQ
  • Elevated the need to address land fragmentation and its impact on development within the urban footprint to the highest levels of government.

2. Strengthening lines of communication to government

  • Conducted qualitative research on community engagement and consultation processes through our Research Foundation
  • Tested a range of alternative community consultation initiatives based on community feedback on pain points associated with the current process
  • Obtained a commitment to require increased of transparency of infrastructure charges obtained and where they are spent
  • Successfully advocated for terminology change in ShapingSEQ from ‘infill’ and ‘greenfield’ to ‘consolidation’ and ‘expansion’ to provide more clarity
  • Government agreed to our suggestion that future regional plan reviews align with the release of Census data
  • Worked with government on faster delivery of major infrastructure
  • Distributed infrastructure charge comparisons to members including information on local infrastructure spending.

3. Identifying game changing infrastructure

  • Appointment of a dedicated Institute Infrastructure Committee to identify catalytic infrastructure projects and infrastructure-related development delays
  • The inclusion of several region-shaping projects in ShapingSEQ including:
    • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail upgrade project
    • Salisbury to Flagstone passenger rail
    • Bromelton North-South Arterial Road, as part of the Mount Lindsay Highway upgrade.
  • Advocated for additional infrastructure funds, faster rollout of available funds, and greater transparency of current government activity
  • Supported local and state government infrastructure proposals including identifying infrastructure through member consultation.

4. Promoting diverse housing typologies

  • Partnered with government to deliver the Density and Diversity Done Well design competition for missing middle product that attracted 100 entries
  • Advocated for review of planning schemes to ensure alignment with ShapingSEQ and to ensure missing middle housing typologies can be delivered
  • Utilised findings from the Research Foundation to advocate for a change to the definition of a ‘storey’ under the Planning Regulations
  • Investigated the current delivery of missing middle product across SEQ using 2016 Census data with our research partner Urbis
  • Articulated the importance of diverse housing to meet the needs of an aging population and supported strategies in ShapingSEQ to ensure the delivery of missing middle product.

5. Unlocking surplus government land

  • Included as a key aspect of our State Budget and pre-election agendas
  • Regularly raised the matter during meetings with Ministers and departments
  • Promoted government partnering with industry for social housing innovation and efforts in development of surplus government land.

The Institute will continue to build on this progress in 2018, releasing a new proactive policy agenda in the New Year.