Australia: Economists and planning experts broadly agree that Australia has a housing shortage, but there is a lot of disagreement on how to address it.
The New South Wales Government has asked landowners to nominate sites they think would be suitable for new homes. Forty-three have replied, mostly nominating land on Sydney’s far south-west and north-west fringes. The State Government is now evaluating which sites are viable.
Frank Stilwell is a professor of political economy at the University of Sydney who has written several books on urban policy. Stilwell says the New South Wales Government’s move to open up development sites outside its previously planned corridors defies decades of research on urban planning.
“If you’re getting housing on those urban fringes, a long way away from the city with poor public transport, if any is locally available, then it means car dependency,” Stilwell said. “That of course is a strange policy to be pursuing at a time when we’re trying to look for sustainability.” Read the full article »»»»