Exploring the use of Council-owned land for affordable housing

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 – November 2018

Thank you for your feedback! We received 309 submissions during the consultation period in June and July, 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 (and if) a planning permit application is lodged for the proposed development. Properties immediately adjoining the site will be given notice of the proposal, and have the opportunity to make submissions to Council.

The current zoning of the site means that third parties do not have the right to appeal Council’s decision on the planning permit application (if the proposal is ‘generally in accordance’ with the planning controls). However, Council must consider any submissions it receives in making its decision. The permit applicant can still appeal Council’s decision.

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 or Sunny Haynes on 8470 8768 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 – November 2018

Thank you for your feedback! We received 309 submissions during the consultation period in June and July, 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 (and if) a planning permit application is lodged for the proposed development. Properties immediately adjoining the site will be given notice of the proposal, and have the opportunity to make submissions to Council.

The current zoning of the site means that third parties do not have the right to appeal Council’s decision on the planning permit application (if the proposal is ‘generally in accordance’ with the planning controls). However, Council must consider any submissions it receives in making its decision. The permit applicant can still appeal Council’s decision.

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 or Sunny Haynes on 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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