Urban Policy & Planning

14 March 2017

Shelter NSW has realeased its submission responding to the draft strategic plans released by the Greater Sydney Commission in November 2016, for comment by 31 March 2017. The plans will affect land use and development plans in greater Sydney over the next 4 decades.

1 June 2017

On 28 May, NSW Labor released a new policy to require at least 25% of new properties constructed on government-owned land to be affordable housing. 15% of new properties built on rezoned private land will also be 'set aside as Affordable Housing'.

1 February 2017

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. 

13 December 2016

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.

6 December 2016

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

22 November 2016

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

Cost: Free

Click HERE to register – registrations close Thursday 1 December 2016.

21 November 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.

11 October 2016

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.

14 September 2016

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