Compass Housing has made a submission to Central Coast Council’s Draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy.
The strategy includes 28 recommended actions to address the growing need for affordable and alternative housing options in the NSW coast region, north of Sydney.
The key points from Compass’ submission are as follows.
- Compass congratulates Council for its recognition of the importance of affordable housing.
- It supports the potential re-zoning of developable land within 400m of selected town centres and within 800 metres of selected railway stations and transport nodes but encourages council to assess the existing density of social housing within these zones before permitting the construction of additional social housing, to ensure overall densities are not excessive.
- It endorses Council’s support of the “housing first” approach which has been internationally evidenced as the most effective method to reduce homelessness.
- It strongly supports the resourcing and promotion of a homeless hub.
- It welcomes the proposal for multi-tenure development on Council owned land.
- It has reservations about extending the scope of transitional housing as a response to homelessness
- It strongly supports a pilot program to build relationships between homelessness services and private real estate agents.
- It supports an amendment of the DCP to limit the parking requirements to 0.6 per studio or one bedroom apartment and 1 space for two bedroom apartments.
- It supports proposals to lobby the state government for an affordable housing levy in the Gosford Town Centre and to increased density and/or FSR and height increases in proximity to the CBD and railway stations.
- Compass believes that, if council is considering small lot subdivisions of 200m2, it should require exceptional design and energy performance with resident running costs and amenity being the primary focus.
- It believes allowing smaller floor spaces for one-bedroom apartments can lead to modest improvements in affordability BUT good design, amenity and energy performance need to be applied as a developmental control - delivers running cost advantages and savings for the resident/tenant.
- It would welcome Council’s advocacy of title or management transfers of existing public housing to community housing providers
- Compass says a more useful measurement of affordability for purchase prices than the 30% rule is the median multiple, i.e. the median dwelling price divided by the median gross household income.
The public exhibition period closes at 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.
Compass Housing is a not for profit social and affordable housing provider. It manages around 700 social and affordable housing dwellings on the Central Coast. Earlier this year Compass Housing published the inaugural Affordable Housing Income Gap report. It looked at a different way to measure rental housing stress and found that even median income renting households in the Central Coast renting a median priced dwelling are experiencing housing stress.