We’re increasing housing supply by accelerating rezoning and building infrastructure including roads, schools and utilities that enable development. We will work with councils to provide the right conditions for developers to supply enough new homes in the right areas.
We’re also working closely with councils to ensure our planning preserves and improves the local character of neighbourhoods.
Councils can consider smaller minimum lot sizes when updating their local environmental plans (LEPs) in line with District Plans. Lower land costs from smaller lots as well as smaller homes at lower prices will contribute to more affordable homes.
Fast-tracking delivery and increasing housing supply in new areas identified as Priority Precincts. The expansion of Priority Precincts will deliver an extra 30,000 homes. The precincts will allow for accelerated rezoning, and more diverse developments that will focus on increasing open space and preserving local character.
Guidance for councils to prepare Local Housing Strategies to deliver new and diverse housing to meet District Plan housing targets while protecting the local character of an area.
New guidelines will promote smaller, more compact apartments, delivering more affordable homes to the market while ensuring good design outcomes. Other measures being considered include allowing apartments to be sold separately to parking spaces and giving home owners the option to sell a car space.
A specialist Department team will accelerate council rezonings across NSW. Faster rezoning of greenfield and urban renewal sites will speed up the supply of available homes. An Office of Housing Coordinator is being established which will resolve impediments between councils, the government and home builders.
The Greenfield Housing Code will contain simplified development policies for these areas, making it easier for new home construction under the fast-tracked complying development approval pathway. The Code will enable faster and cheaper housing approvals, saving homeowners time and money.
The Medium Density Housing Code will allow low-rise medium density housing, such as dual occupancies, manor homes and terraces to be carried out under the fast-tracked complying development approval pathway. This policy will contribute to housing diversity, speed up housing delivery, and save homeowners time and money in the approval process. The Design Guide will promote well-designed medium density housing.
Measures to help councils speed up approvals will include independent panels for some councils to ensure Development Applications (DAs) are processed efficiently and to ensure the integrity of the planning process.
In June 2017, NSW Parliament amended the Greater Commission Act 2015 to free up District Commissioners and allow them to focus on the important strategic planning work needed to drive housing targets in their districts. As such, District Commissioners no longer need to chair Sydney Planning Panels responsible for deciding certain development proposals in the Greater Sydney region.
Up to $25 million for 10 priority councils identified by the Greater Sydney Commission to help them update local planning rules in their local environment plans (LEPs) within two years. The plans will include appropriate housing targets.
Up to $12.5 million for up to five additional councils that volunteer to update local planning rules their LEPs (Local Environment Plans) within two years. The plans will include appropriate housing targets.
All Greater Sydney councils to update LEPs within three years with updated housing targets.
The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to provide housing guidelines for each local council as part of its final District Plans.
A new Statement of Priorities will be issued by the Minister for Planning requiring Landcom to take a larger role in supporting housing supply.
The Premier has made housing affordability a priority, with a goal of increasing home completions to 61,000, on average per financial year to 2020-21. Two targets will help achieve this goal:
Property NSW will identify surplus or underutilised land and areas for sale as development sites. This change will make a direct impact on affordable housing and the private housing market.
Page last updated: 05/09/2019