Friday, March 1, 2024

Central Coast releases draft housing strategy

Central Coast Council’s draft Local Housing Strategy has been placed on public exhibition.

Council says the Strategy, which is open for community consultation from 15 March to 26 April 2023, has been drafted to help manage the future demand for housing within the region. 

Council’s Director Environment and Planning, Alice Howe said the Strategy explores the challenges associated with housing such as continuing rapid population growth, the shortage of low-cost rental accommodation and the lack of diversity within the existing housing stock – and identifies a vision and key objectives to address these challenges. 

“A coordinated approach across all levels of government and the private sector is required to support diverse and sustainable housing on the Central Coast,” said Dr Howe.

“Council is able to directly influence housing typologies and supply through land use zoning, development approvals, development charges as well as public infrastructure delivery. The Local Housing Strategy will ensure this is done in a coordinated and collaborative manner.”

Dr Howe said Council originally sought input from the community about its Local Strategic Planning Statement and the Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy. Council then collated the information gathered and prepared a discussion paper, in conjunction with a comprehensive evidence-based report. The result of these have informed the development of the draft Local Housing Strategy, she says.

“We now want to again receive feedback from the community on this very important Strategy, as it impacts virtually everyone on the Coast, and will become even more crucial as the Central Coast population continues to grow.”

Dr Howe said as well as the community being able to give feedback on-line, Council will also be holding drop-in community information sessions during the exhibition period.

Council Administrator, Rik hart said Council is fully committed to helping shape the future of housing on the Coast – in particular how affordable housing can be woven into the overall housing development on the Coast.

“There is a common misconception that affordable housing refers to social or community housing. This is not the case – affordable housing is much more than this and a diverse mix of housing types is required to meet the needs of our community. Over half (63%) of all households on the Central Coast earn below $2000 a week and need affordable housing,” he said.

“I am extremely pleased with Council’s resolve in tackling the issue of housing on the Central Coast.

“The anticipated growth in population on the Coast is a terrific thing, which will help boost both economic growth and enhance the social fabric of our community. However, it is essential that we get the mix of housing types right to ensure there is equity for all.”

view Council’s draft Central Coast Local Housing Strategy: yourvoiceourcoast.com/housing.

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