Two Sydney Councils have recently proposed affordable housing initiatives that would require 'inclusionary housing' contributions for new developments. This is currently possible under the Planning Act (sect 94F), but require SEPP 70 to be amended by the Minister to list the areas as having an affordable housing need and for an amendment to their Local Environment Plans (LEP) to implement a schemes to be approved. For most of the past 15 years state governments have refused to list new areas; but it now seems that this could be changing.
Urban Policy & Planning
A major consultation is underway by the Greater Sydney Commission, planning Sydney’s future growth across six broad districts. One proposal being considered could make an important contribution to address the affordable housing crisis gripping Sydney.
The Commission has suggested that there be a target of 5-10 percent of the extra value from land in major, government-led renewal areas be provided as affordable rental housing.
We think the target is too small: Here's what you can do to help convince them that more is needed.
The Greater Sydney Commission has released the drafts of the 6 regional plans that will help shape Sydney - particularly housing. Shelter has just released an information sheet that provides background and identifies some issues you might want to provide feedback on.
This is a rare opportunity to help put affordable housing into the the processes that will guide the city's growth. The information paper is available here
You are invited Shelter NSW’s final event for the year – a forum on reforms that could have a big impact on housing affordability.
When: Monday 5 December 2016 - 2:30 pm — 4.30 pm
Where: Mitchell Theatre - Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Click HERE to register – registrations close Thursday 1 December 2016.
In it's media release today, Shelter called for stronger measures to improve housing affordability in response to the the Greater Sydney Commission's draft district plans released today (21 November).
Shelter welcomed the substantial recognition of housing affordability as a problem for Sydney, by the Greater Sydney Commission; and said that the framework document, Towards our Greater Sydney 2056, and the draft plans for the region’s 6 districts, should provide useful starting point for public discussion.
Shelter NSW, the state advocacy group for affordable housing, has called on the Government to include at least 30 percent of affordable housing in the 10,700 dwellings that the Government now proposes for Sydney Olympic Park.
Mary Perkins, Executive Officer of Shelter NSW, said that since the site is mostly in government ownership, the master plan gives the Government an opportunity to deliver on its affordable housing commitments under its Plan for growing Sydney strategy.
The Greater Sydney Commission is developing the district plans that will shape the the land-use and development of Sydney in coming years.
The new Greater Sydney Commission is currently developing the regional plans that will shape land use planning and development across Sydney. Similar regional strategies have been developed across the state. There is an opportunity right now for everyone to have input into how these plans shape the future well being of communities - most important for Shelter, how they can enable affordable housing. Shelter is urging all members and supporters to become involved. This information sheet expl
2 February, 2016
Shelter has lodged a submission on the Department of Planning & Environment's proposals to treat certain low-rise medium-denisty housing as a complying development. The submission can be downloaded here
Shelter's new submission to Urban Growth NSW on the Parramatta Road urban transformation strategy has pointed to the State Government's "negligence" and "policy failure" in acting on affordable housing. It calls for the strategy to share some of the land value uplift in the corridor for affordable housing - and points out that this can be done using existing instruments.