DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

AUTHOR: ANTHONY WALLACE

SUPERVISOR: MICHAEL GREEN

UNDERGRADUATE THESIS PROJECT

SCHOOL OF SURVEYING AND SPATIAL INFORMAITON SYSTEMS, UNSW

October 2010


If Australia is to have a population of 35 million by 2036 it is likely that NSW will have 9 million and Sydney 6 million of this predicted population. The state and federal governments are faced with the challenging task of devising development strategies that will be effective enough to account for the projected growth, in a preferably sustainable manner. The main development strategies available include:

  • Urban sprawl
  • Urban consolidation
  • Decentralisation
  • Village development

The project aimed at assessing these four development strategies and their ability to provide sufficient and sustainable housing, infrastructure and services to meet the needs of a large and quickly growing population group, through their state-wide use and a localised case study for each strategy.

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Background literature including governmental, independent and international publications from a range of disciplines was sought. For areas requiring further investigation, consultation was carried out with professionals from the development industry. First hand research, in the form of a housing preferences survey was also conducted to provide an unbiased and current snapshot of housing preferences and dynamics. The results of this survey identified the needs of the emerging younger market which was useful in deciphering the viability of future housing stock.

The final recommendations provide a reliable framework for development that is applicable to many varied disciplines. The results of these apply not only to New South Wales but any modern region faced with providing developments to support fast growing communities. It is also relevant irrespective of time, providing timeless and borderless relevance.