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Sydney needs higher affordable housing targets

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Planning, urban renewal

Laurence Troy, UNSW Australia; Dallas Rogers, Western Sydney University; Emma Power, Western Sydney University; Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia; Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney; Louise Crabtree, Western Sydney University; Michael Darcy, Western Sydney University, and Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney The release this week by the Greater Sydney Commission of city-wide draft plans mandating some measure […]

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Apartment construction boom: is this the end of the dream?

July 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing supply, Tax

By Laurence Troy Australian Construction Insights (ACI) released their latest brief last Monday 18 July and noted that for the first time in Australia, construction starts for multi-unit housing were higher than for detached housing.  Of course, there ought to be caution in reading these figures, as any decent geographer will tell you, location and […]

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Housing Shortage? Empty houses, housing affordability and artificial scarcity

March 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordable housing, Housing supply, Tax

Below is an extended version of an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 28th March 2016.   By Laurence Troy and Bill Randolph A major myth that permeates the recent debate on housing affordability is that the present level of housing supply is not meeting demand. Scarcity of housing, we are repeatedly […]

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Where is housing “affordable” in Sydney?

March 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing

By Ryan van den Nouwelant, Hal Pawson and Laurence Troy The affordability of housing in a particular neighbourhood is a tricky thing to reduce to a single metric. One option is to try and account for the complexity of dwelling composition and quality over space and time through data-intensive indices. But, more often, there is […]

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Projections, targets, forecasts and models: how do Sydney’s metro strategies try to anticipate our future housing needs?

March 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Government, Housing, Housing supply, Planning

Please upgrade your browser By Laura Crommelin, Laurence Troy and Ray Bunker As the planning boffins out there will know, Sydney has been the subject of three metropolitan strategies in the past decade – 2005’s City of Cities, 2010’s Plan for 2036 and 2014’s Plan for a Growing Sydney. In a recent working paper, City […]

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When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Housing, Housing supply, Strata, Uncategorized

Originally published in The Conversation by Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Hazel Easthope and Laura Crommelin Recent changes to strata title legislation in NSW will remove the need for all owners to agree to sell or redevelop their apartment block as a whole. This means that some owners may now have their apartments sold against their […]

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Renewing the Compact City

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Housing, Strata

Please upgrade your browser Map of strata registrations contains information provided under licence from Land and Property Information (a Division of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation) Just over 50 years ago a new type of property ownership was introduced in Australia. In 1961 the Conveyancing (Strata Titles) Act was introduced in NSW. This […]

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