To meet the future need of planning for affordable housing in the Shoalhaven, Shoalhaven City Council today launched its Affordable Housing Strategy.
The Affordable Housing Strategy defines affordable housing in this context as, “Housing that is appropriate for the needs of a range of very low to moderate income households and priced so that these households are also able to meet other basic living costs such as food, clothing, transport, medical care, and education”. As a rule of thumb, housing is usually considered affordable if it costs less than 30 percent of the gross household income.
In launching the Affordable Housing Strategy, Mayor Amanda Findley said it was vital that we plan for a future of housing stock that involves all levels of the community.
“The Shoalhaven has the highest level of housing stress in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Region and is also one of the least affordable areas,” said Mayor Findley.
“The Shoalhaven market is generally unable to provide affordably priced housing for very low-income renters and low-income purchasers. The Affordable Housing Strategy provides a range of effective policy solutions and plans that will facilitate additional affordable housing across the Shoalhaven.
“The Strategy has been designed to be implemented through a number of key stages over the next 10 years with short, medium and long-term strategies. The initial focus is on strategies that are most likely to have a practical impact on the supply of affordable housing, particularly the development of surplus or underutilized Council land in partnership with community housing providers.”
“The Strategy provides for ongoing and sustainable engagement of Council in affordable housing through long-term strategies related to relevant planning mechanisms, amendments to relevant planning instruments and monitoring its effectiveness against key performance indicators over time.”
Through the Strategy, Council aims to provide a range of effective policy solutions to facilitate additional affordable housing across the Shoalhaven local government area in partnership with others, with the initial focus on strategies that are most likely to have a practical impact on the supply of affordable housing. This includes the possible development of surplus or underutilized Council land in partnership with community housing provider/s, the potential for new generation boarding houses to play a role and investigate and advocate for temporary affordable housing opportunities on NSW Government land that is awaiting future development.
The Mayor continued, “This is a proactive approach by Council to working with others to achieve housing options that are reasonably priced and affordable into future.”
The Shoalhaven Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted by Council on 11 December 2017.
The Strategy can be viewed on the Council website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Policies-plans-strategies/Planning-register?View=msc&id=M0301&amendment=0