Exploring the use of Council-owned land for affordable housing

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Council is committed to ensuring Darebin is an inclusive and affordable place to live, and is working to increase the supply of affordable housing in the municipality.

The site at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston presents an exciting opportunity for Council to take leadership and action in response to the housing crisis.

Following extensive community consultation and consideration of all submissions received, Council has decided to proceed with leasing the land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston for affordable housing.

Project update – October 2021. Consultation now open

Consultation on the proposed plans for the site is now underway. This consultation is being done by Housing Choices Australia, who are leasing the site from Council.

Community feedback is now being sought on the proposed plans. You can view the plans at https://www.housingchoices.org.au/townhall-avenue

You can make a submission on the proposal until 15th November 2021.

Housing Choices Australia is hosting an information session on 9th November. Refer to the link above for further details and to register.

Project update – September 2021

We are excited to announce that Housing Choices Australia have been funded to deliver affordable housing at this site, under the State Government’s Social Housing Growth Fund.

Housing Choices Australia will shortly be consulting with the community in relation to the proposal. Neighbouring properties will be notified of this consultation when it commences.

What’s happened so far?

We received 309 submissions during the consultation period in 2018, and analysed the issues raised in the submissions.

Council considered the matter at its meeting on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

You can read the officer report and attachments here. A report on the outcomes of the consultation is available in the document library on the right of this page.

Common themes that came through in the submissions included support for affordable housing, concern regarding car parking availability in the area, the size and design of any future building, a perception that the proposal could impact negatively on property values and crime rates, and the use of the site for affordable housing. Council considered all submissions in making its decision.

Officers assessed these issues and provided advice to Council. For some issues, officers recommended that action be taken to address them (e.g. car parking). For others, officers’ view is that they are unlikely to occur in practice. For example, there is little evidence to suggest that affordable housing developments impact upon property values or rates of crime.

We will write to everyone who made a submission to advise of Council’s decision.

When can I be involved again?

The next opportunity to be involved will be when Housing Choices Australia consult on their planning permit application for the proposed development. Properties immediately within 150 metres of the site will be given notice of the proposal, and will have the opportunity to make submissions.

The decision on the planning permit application will be made by the Minister for Planning. Third parties do not have the right to appeal the Minister's decision on the planning permit application.

Can I speak to someone?

You are very welcome to contact officers regarding the proposal. If you would like to speak to someone, please call Sophie Jordan on 8470 8461 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

For more information, please refer to the FAQ section (on the right)

Council is committed to ensuring Darebin is an inclusive and affordable place to live, and is working to increase the supply of affordable housing in the municipality.

The site at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston presents an exciting opportunity for Council to take leadership and action in response to the housing crisis.

Following extensive community consultation and consideration of all submissions received, Council has decided to proceed with leasing the land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston for affordable housing.

Project update – October 2021. Consultation now open

Consultation on the proposed plans for the site is now underway. This consultation is being done by Housing Choices Australia, who are leasing the site from Council.

Community feedback is now being sought on the proposed plans. You can view the plans at https://www.housingchoices.org.au/townhall-avenue

You can make a submission on the proposal until 15th November 2021.

Housing Choices Australia is hosting an information session on 9th November. Refer to the link above for further details and to register.

Project update – September 2021

We are excited to announce that Housing Choices Australia have been funded to deliver affordable housing at this site, under the State Government’s Social Housing Growth Fund.

Housing Choices Australia will shortly be consulting with the community in relation to the proposal. Neighbouring properties will be notified of this consultation when it commences.

What’s happened so far?

We received 309 submissions during the consultation period in 2018, and analysed the issues raised in the submissions.

Council considered the matter at its meeting on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

You can read the officer report and attachments here. A report on the outcomes of the consultation is available in the document library on the right of this page.

Common themes that came through in the submissions included support for affordable housing, concern regarding car parking availability in the area, the size and design of any future building, a perception that the proposal could impact negatively on property values and crime rates, and the use of the site for affordable housing. Council considered all submissions in making its decision.

Officers assessed these issues and provided advice to Council. For some issues, officers recommended that action be taken to address them (e.g. car parking). For others, officers’ view is that they are unlikely to occur in practice. For example, there is little evidence to suggest that affordable housing developments impact upon property values or rates of crime.

We will write to everyone who made a submission to advise of Council’s decision.

When can I be involved again?

The next opportunity to be involved will be when Housing Choices Australia consult on their planning permit application for the proposed development. Properties immediately within 150 metres of the site will be given notice of the proposal, and will have the opportunity to make submissions.

The decision on the planning permit application will be made by the Minister for Planning. Third parties do not have the right to appeal the Minister's decision on the planning permit application.

Can I speak to someone?

You are very welcome to contact officers regarding the proposal. If you would like to speak to someone, please call Sophie Jordan on 8470 8461 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

For more information, please refer to the FAQ section (on the right)

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