What is a Housing Strategy?
- A Housing Strategy identifies the current and future housing needs.
- Explores housing potential and opportunities for further residential development.
- Identifies the associated constraints to housing growth.
- Works to inform Council to efficiently manage the future housing supply to meet the communities' needs.
What is Council's role in housing?
Council has three complimentary roles in the provision of housing:
- Council is a planning authority and facilitates the timely and orderly provision of housing.
- A community advocate expressed through the provision of housing related advocacy, modest support programs for residents experiencing housing related stress and facilitates community and private development collaborations.
- A regulatory responsibility with regards to Rooming and Boarding Houses.
Why do we need a housing strategy?
It is estimated that an additional 150,000 new residents will call Casey home from now until 2031. There will also be a change in demographics during this period, with an ageing of the population, and a trend towards fewer people in each household.
This places considerable pressure on existing housing and requires careful consideration of where additional housing growth can best be accommodated to protect existing liveability, affordability, diversity of communities, equity and to achieve greater sustainability for the future. Council will also consider the impacts of housing growth to community services and infrastructure needs.
Whilst Council cannot directly influence population growth, Council has a clear role to plan for its current and future community.
How does this work relate to the new State Government Zones?
The State Government has introduced new residential zones (areas where residential homes can be built) and amended industrial and commercial zones.
All residentially zoned land is now included in one of the reformed residential zones and the previous Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 Zones have been removed from the Victorian planning system.
The new residential zones require Councils to undertake further work to identify appropriate areas for the application of the new zones. The new residential zones give councils a way to protect neighbourhoods with special character and heritage value from inappropriate development by directing housing growth to areas that are well serviced by public transport and easily accessible to shops and community services.
Further information on these reformed zones can be found here:
State Government Reformed Residential Zones
What happens next?
Council is currently conducting research and investigation for the new Housing Strategy.
We will be assessing municipal housing developments, demographic trends, policy context, evaluating the role of government in housing provision, preparing technical background papers and commissioning research work.
This research and investigation stage will help us understand Casey’s current and future housing needs, as well as explore opportunities and constraints. Importantly it will also prepare us for the next step, where we consult with you.
What will it say about the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) Areas?
In response to the new State Government’s reformed residential zones for Victoria, Council has undergone a review of Casey’s LDRZ areas.
The LDRZ review assessed capacity and availability of the existing infrastructure (sewerage, water supply, drainage and roads) to accommodate the higher housing densities. However, the review was limited in that it only assessed if the current properties were suitable to accommodate a smaller minimum subdivision size of 2000sqm (down from the current 4000sqm).
Further work is now underway as part of the Housing Strategy to assess how the LDRZ land will fit within Casey’s housing stock as a whole. The studies will include a Housing Capacity Assessment and a Housing Market Assessment to forecast future community needs. These studies, along with the LDRZ review will inform the Housing Strategy and help rationalise where the LDRZ land will fit within Casey’s housing supply and housing needs in both the short term and the long term.
Will I be able to make submissions?
Your input is important and vital to Council’s goals in achieving a relevant and effective Housing Strategy. Accordingly Council is currently working hard to develop a community and stakeholder engagement plan.
The engagement plan will include various ways for you to provide feedback – in person, over the phone or online. You will also be given information and details on how to remain updated on the Housing Strategy throughout its development on the Council’s Webpage.
You will be given many opportunities to have your say and to contribute to a better Casey by getting involved in the successful implementation of our Housing Strategy.
Have a question?
Telephone: 9705 5200
Mail: PO Box 1000, Narre Warren 3805