New council planning powers to grow affordable housing stock in Sydney

By Melissa Coade

Sunday May 16, 2021

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The NSW government has approved new council planning controls that will see 10,000 extra affordable rental properties made available across the City of Sydney over the next 15 years.

The new law will come into effect from 1 July, granting the extra controls to the local council under a planning strategy for central Sydney. It will permit the affordable rental housing scheme to be extended to Sydney’s local government area and help council reach its target of an additional 10,000 affordable rental properties by 2036.

As a result of council initiatives to sell land to community housing providers, developer negotiations and other contributions, Sydney lord mayor Clover said over 1,000 affordable housing units had already been built in the Sydney council area and another 600 were in the pipeline.

Moore added that an already growing demand for cheaper rental housing in the city had worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Increasing the amount of affordable rental housing available for lower income households is an urgent priority for the city,” Moore said.

NSW planning and public spaces minister Rob Stokes said the council’s new planning control powers would allow a strong diversity of housing types in Sydney to meet the needs of Sydney’s diverse population. 

“The changes are consistent with our objective in the greater Sydney region plan to put affordable rental housing targets in rezoned areas and will help the City of Sydney reach its target of more than 10,000 additional affordable rental properties by 2036,” he said. 

Council contribution rates will be phased over the next two years to allow new development projects to adjust to affordable housing requirements.


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