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Population and housing

Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy

A study of current and future population and housing trends was undertaken by consultants, .id. This study, the Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy, assisted Council in the preparation of the Local Housing Strategy, the Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program, and the Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040. The study highlights the housing implications and future housing capacity within our local government area (LGA), as outlined below.

Key Findings and Policy Implications

Supporting ageing in place

  • An estimated population of 185,000 is forecast for 2036. The largest increase is in residents 60 years and older.
  • Significant growth in smaller households, especially in Lugarno, Oatley, Blakehurst, Kyle Bay and Connells Point.
  • Support services helping the elderly stay in their own homes longer is important, as ageing in place is a main trend.

Encouraging housing choices

  • There is a mismatch between the demand and supply of housing in our LGA. Small households are forecast to grow by 41%.
  • There is not much choice for small houses to suit the ageing population outside of the growth areas of Hurstville and Kogarah.
  • Different medium density housing is needed throughout our LGA for mature families, empty nesters and older lone person households.

Need age diversification

  • The current supply of larger detached houses which older smaller households occupy does not become available for younger family households.
  • Increasing the types of housing will free up the supply of three or more bedroom houses. This will increase the range of housing choices for family households, the dominant household in our LGA.
  • Increasing choice by offering alternative housing options is important to help maintain population levels and create more sustainable, fair and healthy communities.

Addressing housing affordability

  • The rate of housing stress in our LGA is higher than the Greater Sydney average, especially for renters with very low or low incomes.
  • Diverse housing means a variety of housing at different prices to help address the issue of housing affordability.
  • The Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program provides recommendations to encourage diverse and affordable housing for the next 20 years.

Continue to encourage development along transport corridors

  • Residential development in and around commercial centres and transport corridors provides residents with easy access to amenities, services and public transport.
  • Design principles will be important for maintaining attractive areas for everyone, including ensuring that a proportion of housing is suitable for the elderly.
  • Ensure there is housing mix in new developments so residents can stay in the area.

Council endorsed the Georges River Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy in June 2019.

For more information on the current and future population and housing trends for our LGA, please visit our Community Profile.

Local Housing Strategy

The Local Housing Strategy sets a clear plan for the delivery of housing in our LGA over the next 10 and 20 years. The Strategy links Council’s vision for housing with the Actions of the South District Plan (including housing targets) and Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

The Strategy contains Housing Objectives which set out the future policy direction for housing in our LGA in response to the gaps and issues identified by the Georges River Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy.

Objective 1: Accommodate additional housing growth
Objective 2: Coordinate growth with infrastructure
Objective 3: Provide affordable and inclusive housing
Objective 4: Provide greater housing choice and diversity
Objective 5: Have consistent LEP zones and controls across the LGA
Objective 6: Enhance and protect the local character
Objective 7: Facilitate good design and sustainable development practices

Council adopted the Local Housing Strategy in August 2020. Refer to the Council resolution here.

Housing Investigation Areas Paper

This Housing Investigation Areas Paper explains why the five Housing Investigation Areas identified in the Local Housing Strategy were selected. These Areas are to be upzoned as part of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020 to create an extra 650 medium density (eg. town houses) and high density (eg. apartments) dwellings in locations across our LGA near public transport, shops and services, schools, community facilities and open space.

Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program

The NSW Government encourages the development of new affordable housing and the retention of existing affordable housing. The South District Plan states that councils are to include affordable housing targets.

We engaged consultants Hill PDA to develop the Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program which aims:

  • To research and develop strategies to increase affordable housing supply for a range of households. These include the very low to moderate income households, seniors, people with a disability, students, key workers and the broader residential market;
  • To encourage affordable, adaptable and diverse housing;
  • To develop planning controls and procedures that prevent the loss of existing, and deliver new, affordable housing;
  • To support, and build partnerships to increase, affordable and livable housing; and
  • To explore options for managing affordable housing.

Council adopted the Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program in August 2020. Refer to the Council resolution here.

Affordable Housing Policy

We have prepared a Affordable Housing Policy which was adopted by Council in May 2021. Refer to the Council report here.

The Policy outlines our position and approach to providing affordable housing in our LGA, and contains the affordable housing targets from the Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program.

The Policy details our commitment to increasing the range and supply of affordable housing in our LGA to meet the growing needs of very low to moderate income households, singles, families, couples, seniors, people with a disability, students, key workers and the broader residential market, including first home buyers.

Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme

One of the actions of the Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program is to prepare an Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme (AHCS).

We have commenced Part 2 of the Commercial Centres Strategy by starting with a detailed review of the Mortdale Local Centre through the completion of a masterplan. 

The completion of a masterplan will enable a review of the centre and its surroundings to encourage urban renewal, improve the amenity and quality of the built environment and public domain, and provide new housing and employment opportunities to create a vibrant local centre.

The review of Mortdale Local Centre will inform the review of other local centres as part of the preparation of the Commercial Centres Strategy and LEP 2022, as well as provide guidance for the assessment of planning proposals in the area.

We have appointed Conybeare Morrison to investigate an AHCS tied to the Mortdale Masterplan.

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