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DRAFT GRIFFITH HOUSING STRATEGY ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Grant funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund has enabled Griffith City Council to commission a detailed analysis of the current state of housing availability in Griffith and prepare a Draft Griffith Housing Strategy.

The Draft Griffith Housing Strategy prepared by Judith Stubbs & Associates for Griffith City Council is now on public exhibition and available on Councils website at griffith.nsw.gov.au  

Projections by .id Consulting show an increase in the number of dwellings required in Griffith LGA from 10,410 in 2016 to 12,154 in 2036, an increase of 1,744 dwellings.

The broad breakdown of household types required is 929 smaller households (one and two people) and 585 larger/family households. Griffith LGA is undersupplied with smaller dwellings and we require a larger supply of one and two bedroom strata dwellings.

There are three main strategies that are likely to be most effective in increasing the supply of affordable housing in the local context:

  1. Ensuring that there is a clear planning framework that supports the Housing Strategy.
  2. Ensuring that there are no unnecessary impediments in local planning instruments to effectively facilitate an increased supply of lower cost and affordable housing types through the market in well-located areas. Griffith City Council’s Development Control Plan (DCP) is currently being reviewed to coincide with fundamental changes suggested in the Draft Strategy. The Draft Strategy assessed various Griffith precincts and suggested the following changes; replacing density controls with Floor Space Ratio’s and Height Controls, amendments to the 50m2 of private open space per ground floor dwelling requirement, updating the car parking requirements for strata dwellings and suggested re-zoning.
  3. The direct creation of affordable housing for very low and low income renters, and for some low income purchasers, through partnerships on land owned by Council and other public authorities.

Shireen Donaldson, Director Economic & Organisational Development noted that the implementation of the Griffith Housing Strategy 2019 will provide valuable economic and social benefits to our community.

“The Housing Strategy will also be useful in providing Council with direction for addressing the rental shortage,” said Mrs Donaldson.

“The shortage is constraining local businesses as they are finding it difficult to recruit staff due to affordability and accessibility issues.”

Council welcomes feedback from the community and encourages any enquiries to contact Council’s Economic Development team on 6962 8100.

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