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“HIA has been calling for this measure for a number of years, so we welcome today’s announcement,” said Greg Weller, HIA Executive Director ACT/Southern NSW.
“Blocks over 800 square metres will be allowed to be build a secondary dwelling up to 120 square metres plus a garage, which can then be unit titled. This will assist in potentially bringing more homes to the market in Canberra, which are desperately needed.
“While the change is a positive one, it is disappointing that the secondary dwelling has been limited to a relatively small home. This seems at odds with the overall design of the new planning system, which is promoted as being outcome-focused rather than prescriptive.
“It would also have been preferable for the blocks size to be set at 700 square metres, as it was for the former Mr Fluffy blocks.
“Changes to RZ2 that allow for additional dwelling types and a relaxation on the sale of blocks that have been subdivided without development are also welcome.
“The release of the final documents will allow industry to finally have all the detail to start preparing for the new system when it comes in later this year. Before that however, we expect the Legislative Assembly will also spend some time reviewing it and we look forward to contributing to that process.
“We also welcome the focus from the ACT Government on managing this transition, with a number of education options also announced, along with a dedicated information hotline,” concluded Mr Weller.
HIA provided a submission to Dept. of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications & the Arts on New Vehicle Efficiency Standards.
“Approvals have been declining since the first increase in the cash rate in mid-2022 and this trend appears to be continuing into the start of 2024. Building approvals nationally fell by a further 1.0 per cent in the month of January 2024,” stated HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon.
HIA is pleased to announce an important part of the HIA office in Newcastle has been named after Greg Elsworthy.
Last week Craig Smythe from of Adbuild Constructions received HIA Life Membership in recognition of his service to the residential construction industry over the last 35 plus years. He becomes only the third Hunter member to receive this prestigious award.