Please see here to view the committee structure and governance for 2018-2020

 

UDIA Victoria Advocacy Committee Leaders

Nicola Smith, Niche Planning
Chair, Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Committee
Championing new thinking, the Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (IST) Committee is focussed on emerging policy areas in both built form and greenfield developments.  Our working groups advocate on the future of transport and autonomous vehicles; energy efficient buildings; streamlining sustainability controls to remove time and cost delays; and better understanding customer behaviour which is likely to impact and change our urban areas. 
We have representation on Greening the West, PSP Guidelines and Integrated Water Management Committees.  The IST Committee is focussed on informing our members of new market ideas, enabling developments to remain current to the purchaser and keep ahead of innovative trends.

_DSC2844.jpgTania Quick, TQ Planning
Chair, Urban Renewal and Infill Committee
The Urban Renewal and Infill Committee works to address matters affecting affordability and accessibility of housing in our established and growing communities, with a focus on Melbourne’s urban renewal precincts. We also advocate for the innovative and responsible re-development of these areas, and provide input into the development of policies that may affect the development industry’s ability to deliver.  Key issues we are currently working on in tandem with UDIA’s other committees include:
  • The implementation and delivery of affordable housing, including building capacity with local government in negotiating 173 agreements.
  • Unpacking the relationship between affordable housing and build-to-rent, and barriers for Build to Rent and other innovative asset classes
  • The development of ICP framework for Strategic Development Areas
  • Improving relationships with key agencies and authorities, and review of workability of common permit conditions
  • Critical planning scheme amendments including Amendment C309 West Melbourne Structure Plan and C308 Urban Design in Central City and South Bank
 
mikeday_004.jpgMike Day, Roberts Day
Chair, Building, Design and Public Realm Committee
The Building, Design and Public Realm Committee is committed to fostering leading-practice in the design and delivery of the built form, urban design and the civic realm across Melbourne’s cherished inner, middle ring and growth area neighborhoods. This requires strong partnerships, and we are engaging with the growth area municipalities, State government agencies and UDIA members, to identify focus areas and opportunities to work together to improve delivered outcomes.
One area of focus is an investigation of how open space maintenance budget minimisation in growth areas is impacting the quality of the public realm in new growth area communities. We are thrilled to have developed the Great Place category for the 2019 UDIA Awards for Excellence, as an effort to foster closer collaboration between urban developers, home builders, approval authorities and the community engagement and design fraternity.
 
John-Cicero.JPGJohn Cicero, Best Hooper
Chair, Planning Committee
“The Planning Committee’s focus is to tackle the issues that have a direct bearing on the clarity and speed at which decisions should be made to deliver planning permits for housing. Current areas include:
  • Application of the garden area requirements.
  • Building height – what is the natural ground level?
  • Greater use of code assessments.
  • A fast track pathway to VCAT for disputes post permit issue.
Urban renewal is a key platform of government for the delivery of housing, yet we have an archaic planning scheme amendment process which prevents the realisation of the policy intent. We are advocating for change to this process.
Infrastructure Contributions reform is ongoing and still subject to uncertainty in strategic development and regional areas. This is high on the Committee’s watch list, together with government policy development on value capture mechanisms.
Finally, the “affordable housing” conversation as it relates to Victoria’s planning system is in its infancy. We are working with UDIA Victoria’s other committees to advocate for a clear and consistent approach to the delivery of affordable housing - it is the development industry that will deliver most of the affordable housing required and therefore its implementation requires substantial industry consultation and buy in”
 
 
 
Brice-Richard1_col_hi.jpgRichard Brice, Ernst and Young
Chair, Tax and Finance Committee
The Tax and Finance Committee has a comprehensive two-year strategy to explore how taxes, charges and the cost of finance influence the budgets of households and developers purchasing and investing in property. Key issues included in our work program include:
  • How does the cost of taxes and statutory charges in Victoria influence the cost of buying a home?
  • How do delays in the planning process influence project feasibility and household budgets?
  • How do tax settings influence investment decisions and how do ongoing changes to tax settings influence the market?
  • What can the Government do to encourage greater investment in social housing, key worker housing and new asset classes including build to rent?
  • How effectively is infrastructure being delivered in our established and growth areas and can the process be streamlined more effectively?
  • How do recent changes to the availability of finance influence buyers and developers and what do these changes mean for future development models and dwelling types?
 
Frasers_StKildaRd_JillLim_010.jpgJill Lim, Frasers Property Australia and Neil O’Connor, Villawood Properties (Co-Chairs)
Greenfiel
d Development Committee 
UDIA's Greenfields Development Committee advocates for the timely provision of new housing and communities in greenfield suburbs, as well as infrastructure and services to meets the needs of new communities, without adversely impacting the affordability and accessibility of land prices and housing. With a range of members spanning developers, planners, research experts, engineers and more, UDIA’s greenfield-focused members are in good hands.
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Priority advocacy issues include streamlining the PSP process, land supply and lot prices, post-PSP lot productionchallenges, implementation of the Infrastructure Contribution Plan system, ongoing reform of the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution system and industry representation in ongoing discussions with service providers including water corporations, power companies, local government and road authorities. 

 


POLICY COMMITTEES 2018-20

PLANNING COMMITTEE

UDIA's Planning Committee's purpose is to advocate for the reform and improvement of Victoria’s planning system. Victoria’s planning system must facilitate development that meets Victoria’s housing, community and urban development needs and have a positive economic, social and environmental impact. 

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- Review the Residential Zones and their impact on developable land
- Improve the Planning Scheme Amendment process
- Review and improve environmental management rules and regulations (Melbourne Strategic 
 
Assessment, Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations, Bushfire Regulations and BAL)    
- Central City and precinct-wide planning controls 

- Building regulations
Review of the Planning & Environment Act 

 

Committee Members

 
John Cicero, Best Hooper Lawyers (Chair)
Mimi Marcus, Maddocks
Nevan Wadeson, Tract Consultants
Bart O'Callaghan, Urban
Angus Johnson, AVJennings
Sharon Coates, Frasers Property Australia
Nick Hooper, Taylors
Aaron Organ, Ecology & Heritage Partners
Anthony Scafidi, Stockland
Tim Peggie, Ethos Urban
Matt Ainsaar, Urban Enterprise
Christine McCollam, Oliver Hume Real Estate Group
Tim Pepper, Pask Group
Randah Jordan, Veris Australia


For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au         
 


GREENFIELDS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

UDIA's Greenfields Development Committee advocates for the timely provision of new housing and communities in greenfield suburbs, as well as infrastructure and services to meets the needs of new communities, without adversely impacting the affordability and accessibility of land prices and housing. 

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- PSP process, land supply and lot prices
- Post-PSP lot production challenges
Implementation of the Infrastructure Contribution Plan system 
Funding models for enabling infrastructure such as roads, schools and public transport 
- Industry representation in ongoing discussions with service providers including water corporations, 
  power companies, local government and road authorities 
Reform of the Engineering Plan Approval Process and timely delivery of infrastructure to new 
  communities
 
Ongoing reform of the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution system 
Quantify the cost of greenfield development

Committee Members

 
Jill Lim, Frasers Property Australia (Co-Chair)
Neil O'Connor, Villawood Properties (Co-Chair)
Martin Gaedke, Moremac
Michael Taylor-Sands, Maddocks
Stephen Watters, SMEC
Mark Breuer, Spiire
Jack Hoffmann, Satterley
Nick Bosco, Peet
John Forbes, Dennis Family Corporation
Chris Engert, MAB
Adam Davidson, Hygge Property
Alicia Davidge, Lendlease
David Dordevic, ID_Land
Robert Papaleo, Colliers International
Edward Krushka, Stockland
Anthony Caligiuri, Califam Constructions
Leah Wittingslow, Mesh Planning


For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au      
 


URBAN RENEWAL AND INFILL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

UDIA's Urban Renewal and Infill Development Committee's purpose is to advocate for the timely provision of housing, infrastructure and services that meets the needs of established and growing communities, without adversely impacting the affordability and accessibility of housing, and advocating for innovative and responsible re-development of Melbourne’s urban renewal precincts.

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- Urban renewal pipeline 
- Capacity of Melbourne’s inner suburbs to accommodate development 
- Major city-building infrastructure projects that contribute to urban development including Melbourne 
  
Metro, Fishermans Bend and the West Melbourne urban renewal precinct. 
- Industry representation in ongoing discussions with service providers including water corporations, 
  
power companies, local government and road authorities 
- Urban design standards and apartment design standards 
- Implementation of Infrastructure Structure Contribution Plan system for Strategic Areas 
- Formulate industry positions on the detailed planning and development approval process for urban 
 
renewal precincts such as Fishermans Bend and Arden Macaulay 
- Quantify the cost of urban and infill development

Committee Members

 
Tania Quick, TQ Urban Planning (Chair)
Georgia Willis, Pace Development Group
Nicholas Golusin, Salta Properties
Robert Steele, Mirvac Victoria
Paul O'Shea, CS Town Planning Services
Alysia Reilly, Colliers International
James Beauchamp, Maddocks
Jason Brettell, Dennis Family Corporation
Julian Hill, Satterley Property Group
Richard Poore, Stockland
Brad Evans, R&F Property Australia
Simon Lee, STM Developments
Ana-Mari Martinez, Macpherson Kelley
Cameron Dash, Roberts Day
Anna Martiniello, ISPT


For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au     
 



BULDING, DESIGN AND PUBLIC REALM COMMITTEE

 

The purpose of the UDIA Building, Design and Public Realm Committee is to promote best-practice in built form, urban design and public realm delivery across Victoria’s various urban development contexts, across State and local government, delivery agencies and the development industry.

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- Building capacity of state and local government and industry to provide for best practice, forward     thinking urban design and public realm outcomes 
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Advocate for increased State and local government investment in high quality public realm     improvements
Advocate for good design for heritage
- Promote the role of urban design in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities


Committee Members

 

Mike Day, Roberts Day (Chair)
Jonathon Fetterplace, Dacland
Kim Kyle, Lendlease
Adam Lange, Plan E
Hugo Lamb, The Space Agency
Tony McEntee, Simonds
Mark Whinfield, Metricon
Stuart Worn, Lyssna Group



For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au

 

INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

 

UDIA's Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Committee's purpose is to advocate for awareness and adoption of new technologies and innovations that will advance the urban development industry’s knowledge and nous. To encourage and support sustainable urban development that generates positive economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- Provide industry insight to the UDIA and its membership on emerging trends and focus areas within
 
the technology sector  
- Directly advocate for the social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable urban
  
development to government so that the industry is supported by policy and regulation 
- Represent the industry to government on matters of Environmental and Sustainable Design policy, 
  
changes to regulations and other relevant policy matters
- Promote affordability through the use and integration of alternate technologies including cost 
 
effective energy products
- Promote the benefits of urban ecology through focus on the effects of street trees in new
  
subdivisions, urban forests in public open spaces and integrated natural drainage systems within 
  urban environments

 

Committee Members

 
Nicola Smith, Niche Planning Studio (Chair)
Elysa Anderson, Mirvac Victoria
Matthew Bradbury, Spiire
Brett Young, Ratio Consultants
Kerry Balci, Stockland
Craig Harris, Low Impact Development (LID) Consulting
Paul Lowe, Lendlease
Bec McHenry, The Space Agency Australia 
Victoria Cook, Catalyst Development Services
Mark Whalen, GHD 
Damon Cuming, Cundall Johnston & Partners 
Ben De Waard, Sustainable Development Consultants
 


For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au  



FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

 

UDIA's Finance and Investment Committee's purpose is to advocate for changes and improvements to the current tax and financial regulatory environment that encourages the delivery of urban development and the supply of new housing through a more efficient and equitable system. Promote better access to finance from various funding streams and support the UDIA’s engagement with the financial sector, and protect Victoria as an investment destination. 

Examples of priority advocacy issues:

- Make a case to reform existing direct development taxes such as the Non-Resident and Absentee 
  
Surcharges as well as Stamp Duty and Land Tax
- Victorian Government’s Consumer Property Legislation Reform Agenda including the review of the 
  
Sale of Land Act, the Estate Agents Act, the Owners Corporation Act and the Conveyancers Act
- Drive increased industry engagement with the finance sector, address issues involving the 
  
availability of finance and the impact on project feasibility of changing regulation and policy
- Protecting Victoria’s reputation as an investment destination
- Privatisation of Land Victoria by the Victorian Government.

Committee Members

 
Richard Brice, Ernst & Young (Chair)
Zoe Chung, Arnold Bloch Leibler
Brett Marshall, Fordham Business Advisors
Ken Fehily, Fehily
Heather Maxwell, Development Victoria
Andrew Kinnaird, Urbis
Kathy Johnson, Wingate
Joanne Furlong, AVJennings
Christian Zatorski, Peet
Paul Beatty, Ethos Urban
 
 

For more information please contact Olivia O'Connor, 9832 9600 or olivia@udiavic.com.au