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Co-Design Workshop - Planning Mechanisms for Affordable Housing

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DELWP would like to invite you to a co-design workshop to inform the development of tools for facilitating affordable housing supply through planning mechanisms.

Date: 23 November 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4.30 pm

Location: Victoria University - City Convention Centre

L12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Homes for Victorians; Affordability, access and choice and Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 released in March 2017, detailed a program of initiatives and reforms to the planning system to facilitate the supply of affordable housing.

As part of these reforms the Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017, introduced in parliament in June, proposed amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to facilitate the supply of affordable housing through voluntary affordable housing agreements as part of a development application.

The Bill:

  • Made the facilitation of affordable housing an object of the Planning & Environment Act 1987

  • Affirmed the use of section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 for voluntary affordable housing agreements

  • Introduced a definition of affordable housing into the Act.

The Bill received Royal Assent on 26 September 2017 and the planning system reforms will come into effect on 1 June 2018. (Link to Bill available here).

To support the implementation of these reforms in June 2018 four instruments will be developed:

  • An Order by Governor in Council - The Order will detail how to determine the income ranges for very low, low and moderate income households.

  • A Notice published in Government Gazette – The Notice will detail the appropriate planning considerations that must be given regard to for housing provided through an affordable housing agreement.

  • Guidelines - Guidelines will detail matters that are more appropriately addressed through non-statutory tools, such as the price points and criteria for judging what is reasonable for inclusion in a voluntary affordable housing agreement

  • A Model Agreement – A non-mandatory Model Agreement that could be used, as best practice, by parties to a development application that seeks to deliver an affordable housing outcome.

The workshop on 23 November will focus on developing the Guidelines and Model Agreement, and aims to establish a clear understanding of your views on :

  • What guidance is required as Guideline(s)?

  • What form should the Guideline(s) take to be most practical?

  • What Guideline(s) must be delivered on 1 June, 2018?

  • And what can be released/developed later ?

  • What should be in the Model Agreement ?

  • What should not be in the Model Agreement?

In the meantime, DELWP is also working closely with other departments and technical experts to develop the Draft GIC Order and Notice.

We look forward to your participation.

Forward Policy Branch, DELWP

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