Affordable housing for Sydney – your voice is needed


A major consultation is underway by the Greater Sydney Commission, planning Sydney’s future growth across six broad districts.

One proposal being considered could make an important contribution to address the affordable housing crisis gripping Sydney.

The Commission has suggested that there be a target of 5-10 percent of the extra value from land in major, government-led renewal areas be provided as affordable rental housing.

We think the target is too small: a target of 15-30 percent affordable rental housing would be fairer. We also think the target should apply to the total value of the affected land after a rezoning.

As well, the Commission’s proposal only applies to sites affected by state government changes, and the Commission has not given strong support to affordable housing schemes operated by local government councils.

This consultation by the Commission is a terrific opportunity to have a say on new and better ways to address housing affordability in Sydney.

Get involved   Make a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission. The consultation closes at the end of March 2017.

More info from Shelter:  Our factsheet, District planning in Greater Sydney provides more information to assist you in making a submission.  We can also provide you with other information and suggestions to develop your submission, including providing articles for newsletters and attending events.  Please contact: Sarah Wilson on 02 9267 5733 or by email