However, community resistance to an increase in density, as well as a tough policy and political environment, presents challenges to planners, designers and developers. The Housing Density & Diversity conference will provide a platform to address the key issues and identify the strategies that will achieve quality housing outcomes going forwards.
Hear practical insights on key issues
- Explore the missing middle and why it is critical to today’s housing market
- Discover the benefits of innovation & collaboration in housing delivery
- Benchmark against local government density strategies
- Hear how to better manage community resistance to change
- Integrate density into the suburbs through quality design
- Overcome funding & development challenges
Local Councils, with responsibility for:
- Strategic planning
- Urban design
- City planning & development
Attend to learn:
- Explore the missing middle as a critical piece in today’s housing market
- Learn about the latest innovations in housing models, funding and delivery
- Benchmark against local government density strategies
- Identify design approaches to effectively integrate density into the suburbs
- Becoming Urban: Attitudes to Neighbourhood Change & Medium Density Housing in the Greyfields
- Getting the ducks in a row – How regional planning authorities can add value in achieving strategic alignment
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Reflecting on NSW’s draft medium density housing code – Practical outcomes
- CASE STUDY: Managing design issues & outcomes
David Chandler is well credentialed to speak to the challenges and opportunities associated with tackling the missing middle in Australia’s next phase of housing supply. He has a long association with housing, starting as a cadet carpenter with AW Edwards in 1969. He completed a building degree at the University of NSW in 1973 and has been responsible for the delivery of over 20,000 dwellings in Australia and around the Asia Pacific region since. David’s experience in the construction and real estate sectors makes him an influential commentator and thought leader on the future of Construction. He is the Industry Engagement Lead for Western Sydney University’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.
He was the Construction Director on Australia’s New Parliament House – our biggest house.
Relevant to this conference are projects like the 1000 dwelling Kensington Banks urban renewal project in Melbourne as part of the Better Cities program in the mid 1990’s. As the master developer in co-venture with the Victorian Government while he was CEO of the Pioneer Homes Group. This project involved master planning, project enabling works, subdivision of supper lots, preparation and management of construction design guidelines, builder and individual purchaser sales, the construction of demonstration housing which exhibited most of the dwellings identified in the NSW Medium Density guidelines, and public space management. This project was recognised by a range of state, national and international awards.
As the Principal of the Urban Partnership he delivered the 500 dwelling Spring Hill Village residential development precinct at Narellen NSW, where innovative new housing typographies were demonstrated in the early 2000’s, including the first of the Big-Houses (now Manor House) can be seen. The Spring Hill development tested the +25 dwellings/hectare consent process and market at the time. The project received several state and national housing and urban planning awards which recognised the diversity of housing types (including two, one-bedroom homes on 125m2 torrens title lots). The quality of the street patterning, public open space and vegetation that can be observed in the neighbourhood today is testimony to the delivery management and attention to detail.
More recently, David was the joint venture development director for the Wolli Creek urban intensification and precinct master planning. This project has since delivered nearly 1800 dwellings on the Cook’s River fronted site connected to Sydney’s airport rail corridor. This project has won several national urban renewal and development awards. In 2005, David was the lead advisor to the NSW Government Agency, Landcom in developing an investment model aimed at establishing an institutional asset class for rental housing. That model is now being revisited as a fresh approach is needed in the national housing mix.
In his 2016 submission to the NSW Government’s call for public comment on a Draft Medium Density Guideline, he argued for new options to encourage the residential building sector to look beyond their traditional construction constraints. David argued that this extension will help achieve the government’s housing supply objectives and diversity while enabling modern housing constructors to develop more sustainable businesses. The submission points to the mainstream residential housing industry as critical first specifiers.
Strategic Planning Outcomes
Sheridan has over 20 years’ experience as a chief executive and leader in state and local government and the not-for-profit sector, focusing on delivering strategic redirection, policy reform and high quality service delivery.
She has provided advice to Federal, State and Territory Governments on education, early childhood, urban planning, local government, employment and training, health and community services.
Sheridan has been District Commissioner – South West on the Greater Sydney Commission; Chair of the South West Sydney Planning Panel; Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli, MP; General Manager of Camden Council; and Chief Executive Officer of KU Children’s Services and of Job Futures.
She has also been Visiting Associate Professor of Management at a university in China and College Director of Tamworth TAFE.
Sheridan is a non-executive Director of Royal Far West, was a founding Director of the Australian Council for New Urbanism, and has been a Director of an international aid agency.
She has a Masters of Administration as well as degrees in Arts and Law.
Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture, a practice known for delivering high-quality design and sustainable architecture on projects of all scales. Breathe instigated the Nightingale Housing movement after trialling a new model for delivering housing through the award-winning project of sustainable apartments called The Commons. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in our changing cities.
What People Are Saying
“Great speakers, interesting content and an intimate group of professionals. One of the best conferences I’ve attended in a long time.”Senior Urban Designer, Mirvac & Higher Density Living 2017 conference attendee
Date: 8 Mar 2017 By: Darren Camilleri
I have attended many conferences about higher density living. Much of the discourse centres around best practice design, with the audience taken through exemplary flagship projects. New innovative approaches are showcased. These discussions are valuable. They lead to shared learnings and enhanced inspiration for what we, as a profession, can achieve. As a statutory planner …
Date: 7 Apr 2016 By: Wendy Sarkissian
I want to explain about the turbulent river of so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) behaviour and opposition to higher density housing and its two tributaries: 1. Insensitive housing design that reflects a lack of understanding of the significance of “home” in our lives; and 2. Insensitive community engagement processes that are inadequate in …
Date: 28 Feb 2016 By: Josephine O'Brien
High-rise apartment towers are being built in central Melbourne at four times the maximum densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo – some of the highest density cities in the world. According to research conducted by Leanne Hodyl, 2014 Churchill Fellow, increasing the supply of housing in the central city close to jobs …
Date: 14 Feb 2016 By: Caroline Stalker
The emphasis of ‘liveability’ in high density housing is most commonly placed on the quality of fittings, finishes, layout etc. of the apartment; but the quality and design of shared spaces and how they connect with the city are still the most commonly underemphasised in the design and delivery of high density housing, despite all …