What is the Local Housing Discussion Paper?

The NSW Government requires all Councils to prepare a Local Housing Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy. The Local Housing Discussion Paper is a precursor to the strategy and provides a snapshot of housing issues, trends, drivers and opportunities for housing supply in Waverley. The report comprises the following components: a local trends analysis, a demand forecast, a supply assessment and recommendations.

Its purpose is to establish the background and context, analyse the evidence base,and present land use planning options for future investigation to then be finalised in a Local Housing Strategy.

Consultation from the Community Strategic Plan revealed community sentiment towards housing in Waverley. It was identified that there is a desire to increase affordable and social housing, avoid further high-rise development and address the impact of Airbnb. The discussion paper looks at these issues. 

What is a Local Housing Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy?

The Local Housing Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy will tie council’s vision for housing with the NSW Government’s strategic plans. They will present council’s response for how the housing components of District and Regional Plans will be delivered locally.

Why do we need to prepare a Local Housing Strategy and Affordable Housing Strategy?

The NSW State Government requires all Councils to undertake these strategies to inform the comprehensive review of the Waverley Local Environment Plan and Waverley Development Control Plan. The comprehensive review must be finalised by 2021. 

How will my input be used?

Once this document has been exhibited for community feedback, the next steps would be to evaluate the land use planning options and prepare an implementation and delivery plan. 

What are dwelling targets and what are they in Waverley?

The NSW State Government has developed a 0-5 year housing target and requires Councils to develop a 20 year housing target. Based on Council’s initial testing, a draft housing target of 3,461 dwellings to 2036 was developed. 1,250 of these dwellings are already in the supply pipeline, therefore an additional 2,211 dwellings will need to be provided to 2036. Dwelling capacity analyses of the current planning controls show that there is capacity to accommodate this dwelling target. Further work will be undertaken on what are the most suitable areas to accommodate new development.