Affordable Housing Policy


At its meeting on 6 December 2016 Council resolved to put the draft Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition to seek community comment.

Policy Purpose

It supports Council to

  • acquire a fair share of the increase in land values resulting from planning decisions* in order to increase affordable rental housing
  • create more affordable housing on public land

via a number of methods including

  • changes to the planning system
  • a 15 per cent affordable housing target on large developments
  • an affordable housing target of 30 per cent on government owned land in urban renewal areas such as The Bays Precinct

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At its meeting on 6 December 2016 Council resolved to put the draft Affordable Housing Policy on public exhibition to seek community comment.

Policy Purpose

It supports Council to

  • acquire a fair share of the increase in land values resulting from planning decisions* in order to increase affordable rental housing
  • create more affordable housing on public land

via a number of methods including

  • changes to the planning system
  • a 15 per cent affordable housing target on large developments
  • an affordable housing target of 30 per cent on government owned land in urban renewal areas such as The Bays Precinct

*Planning decisions/processes such as rezoning and Voluntary Planning Agreements with developers.

Background

Council’s research shows that the inner west has experienced some of the most rapid real increases in housing prices (rental and purchase) over the past decade, with accelerating trends in recent years. Even the lowest priced strata dwellings are no longer affordable to very low and low income households, and are generally affordable only to the upper end of the moderate income band.

This is leading to serious impacts on the social and economic fabric of the local community. These impacts include:

  • A large, disproportionate and growing number of local people in housing stress who are sacrificing basic necessities to pay for their housing costs;
  • A considerable displacement of historical populations through ongoing gentrification and non-replacement of affordable and lower cost housing;
  • Very high current and projected levels of unmet need for affordable housing among workers in emergency services and the community services sector as well as among more vulnerable groups such as aged pensioners and people with a disability.

This draft policy is part of a larger set of actions to increase the supply of affordable housing in the local government area.

Read the Council report here

View the minutes here for full set of actions resolved by Council

Policy Documents

Download the draft Affordable Housing Policy

Download the draft Value Capture Paper

Download the draft Background Paper

Hard copies of these documents are also available at Inner West Council Customer Service Centres and Libraries

Have your say

Online - using the form below

Mail - to Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham, NSW 2049 Please use the reference 16/SF738

The closing date for submissions is 13 February 2017.

What happens next?

Comments close on 13 February 2017. A report on the submissions received will be prepared and the Policy, along with any amendments, will be submitted to the next Council meeting on 28 February 2017 for endorsement.


  • Council adopts Affordable Housing Policy

    about 1 month ago

    Council considered the draft policy and a report at a meeting on 28 March 2017. It was determined that Council:

    1. Adopts the Affordable Housing Policy and the Position Paper: Best Practice in Value Capture;

    2. Submits the following recommended notice of motion to the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government (18-21 June 2017) to be held in Canberra, namely that the Federal Government give urgent consideration to measures to improve housing affordability in areas affected by high levels of housing stress such as Sydney's Inner West, including taxation and other non-supply side mechanisms that are currently inadequately utilised in initiatives to improve housing affordability;

    3. Amend Clause 2.3 of the Policy to add an additional target group being shift workers; and

    4. Amend the Policy in relation to the timing principle under Clause 2.5.2 as follows:

    Delete “acquired for redevelopment after a nominated date related to the implementation of the policy” and replace with “that is subject to a proposal for a rezoning or variation to planning controls where the application is received after the Policy is approved by Council. For applications that have been made or are under consideration prior to the Policy’s approval, this Policy will provide guidance as to the quantum of affordable housing contribution that is considered to be appropriate”.

    The amended clause shall state:

    “Timing – in consideration of reasonableness and equity, the value capture requirement should apply to land that is subject to a proposal for a rezoning or variation to planning controls where the application is received after the Policy is approved by Council. For applications that have been made or are under consideration prior to the Policy’s approval, this Policy will provide guidance as to the quantum of affordable housing contribution that is considered to be appropriate”.

    Council considered the draft policy and a report at a meeting on 28 March 2017. It was determined that Council:

    1. Adopts the Affordable Housing Policy and the Position Paper: Best Practice in Value Capture;

    2. Submits the following recommended notice of motion to the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government (18-21 June 2017) to be held in Canberra, namely that the Federal Government give urgent consideration to measures to improve housing affordability in areas affected by high levels of housing stress such as Sydney's Inner West, including taxation and other non-supply side mechanisms that are currently inadequately utilised in initiatives to improve housing affordability;

    3. Amend Clause 2.3 of the Policy to add an additional target group being shift workers; and

    4. Amend the Policy in relation to the timing principle under Clause 2.5.2 as follows:

    Delete “acquired for redevelopment after a nominated date related to the implementation of the policy” and replace with “that is subject to a proposal for a rezoning or variation to planning controls where the application is received after the Policy is approved by Council. For applications that have been made or are under consideration prior to the Policy’s approval, this Policy will provide guidance as to the quantum of affordable housing contribution that is considered to be appropriate”.

    The amended clause shall state:

    “Timing – in consideration of reasonableness and equity, the value capture requirement should apply to land that is subject to a proposal for a rezoning or variation to planning controls where the application is received after the Policy is approved by Council. For applications that have been made or are under consideration prior to the Policy’s approval, this Policy will provide guidance as to the quantum of affordable housing contribution that is considered to be appropriate”.