The City of Casey is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia with approximately 313,521 (as at 2016 Census) and forecast to increase to approximately 549,190 residents by 2041. Over the past 15 years, the City has changed dramatically resulting in a diverse community with a range of ages, backgrounds, interests, expectations and aspirations. As Casey's community transitions across different life stages, a range of housing options are required to respond to that demographic change.
The City of Casey’s Housing Strategy focuses on housing types that support the changing and growing community, whilst also seeking to ensure that dwellings built today are appropriately located and can meet the needs of future generations.
Council’s Housing Vision
Casey will offer a diversity of housing to meet the needs of its community, now and in the future. Residents will be able to find housing that suits their current and future needs in terms of type, tenure, size and cost. More diverse housing such as townhouses, units and apartments will be located with convenient access to shops, services, transport and open space, where it is easy to walk or cycle. Housing diversity will create a more self-sufficient city so that residents do not have to move outside Casey to find the housing they want.
The Housing Strategy applies to the whole of the City of Casey and seeks to provide certainty to the community, community housing sector, developers, and government agencies. The Housing Strategy is the result of extensive planning, research and community consultation. This means that the strategies, objectives and accompanying actions in the Housing Strategy are generally supported, are locally-relevant and reflect community priorities.
The City of Casey’s Housing Strategy identifies locations suitable for different rates of housing change (minimal, incremental and substantial change). The Strategy helps to direct more intensive development (substantial change) into areas with easy access to existing services and high frequency transport options, and in-centre areas. It encourages moderate development (incremental change) in areas with good access to activity centres and close to strategic transport routes. The Strategy makes clear Council’s intent is to minimise change in areas with established heritage and neighbourhood character values and areas that are more remote from public transport and services.
The Housing Strategy contains objectives, strategies and actions to assist in achieving the vision through six themes: Housing Diversity, Housing Choice, Affordability, Sustainable Growth, Quality of Design and Amenity and Neighbourhood Character. These objectives build upon the foundation set by the Municipal Strategic Statement and seek to deliver on Council’s C21 Strategy, the Council Plan and key State Government strategies, policies and directions, such as Plan Melbourne: 2017-2050.
The initial implementation of the Housing Strategy was delivered with the preparation and adoption of a Planning Scheme Amendment which include the application of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, General Residential Zone and the Residential Growth Zone. A revised Implementation Plan that guides actions for local housing towards 2041.