The SCCA advocates a ‘centres’ approach to strategic planning and development. We work to achieve a level playing field for all retail investments which ensures that no retail format receives a competitive advantage over another.
Planning laws dictate where retail development can and cannot occur, just as they dictate where office, industrial, or residential development can occur. This is done in the public interest to ensure sensible and sustainable urban development and the maximisation of Government’s investment in infrastrture, including road and public transport infrastructure.
The SCCA endorses the approach taken by governments all over Australia to concentrate retail and commercial uses in designated ‘activity centres’. We constantly urge governments to increase the supply of land for retail purposes in centres, and for the orderly development of new activity centres, rather than allowing an ‘ad hoc’ approach to retail investment which sees significant retail precincts delivered in out-of-centre locations. This ‘ad hoc’ approach leads to investment uncertainty and gives an unfair advantage to so-called ‘new entrants’ into a market.
- Submission to Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning re Draft Planning Regulation, 5 February 2016
- Submission to Victorian Government re Plan Melbourne Refresh, 17 December 2015
- Submission to Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning re Draft State Infrastructure Plan, 4 December 2015
- Submission to SA Development Policy Advisory Committee re Activity Centres DPA, 21 October 2015
- Submission to QLD Parliament Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee re Local Government Infrastructure Plan extension, 2 October 2015
- Submission to WA Department of Planning re Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million, 18 August 2015
- Submission to the City of Sydney Council, re Draft Sydney Development Control Plan (Signs and Advertisements) 2015, 20 April 2015
- Submission to SA Government, re activity centres review, 27 March 2015
- Submission to NSW Government, re Retail Investment Policy, 17 December 2014
- Submission to South Australian Expert Panel, re ‘South Australia – Our Ideas for Reform on Planning Reform’, 26 September 2014
- Submission to NSW Office of Local Government on ‘Independent Review Panel on Local Government’s Final Report on Local Government Reform’, 4 April 2014
- Submission to Victorian Government on ‘Plan Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy’, 6 December 2013
- Submission to Queensland Infrastructure on Discussion Paper Infrastructure planning and charging framework review, 21 August 2013
- Submission to Brisbane City Council re Draft Brisbane City Plan, 30 July 2013
- Submission to NSW Government on Planning White Paper, 28 June 2013
- Submission to NSW Government, on Local Government Future Directions, 28 June 2013
- Submission to Victorian Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee re Victorian Development Contributions Review, 3 April 2013
- Submission to Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on ‘Melbourne – Let’s Talk About the Future’, Metropolitan Planning Strategy, 28 March 2013
- Submission to NSW Local Government Acts Taskforce, re Preliminary Ideas Paper, 18 December 2012