Affordable housing policy extended to five new Sydney councils

Another five Sydney councils will be able to more easily require property developers to provide affordable rental housing, under changes to planning laws to be put on exhibition this week.

The five councils – Randwick, Inner West, Northern Beaches, City of Ryde and the City of Canada Bay – will be included in State Environmental Planning Policy 70 (SEPP 70), which enables councils to levy for affordable housing across their areas.

“This program has already proven to be a success, and it’s clear that new developments, in areas such as Rhodes East, should also support affordable housing,” said Planning Minister Anthony Roberts.

Councils can currently require developers to make contributions for affordable housing through individual agreements. The inclusion in SEPP 70, however, allows them to require developers to help deliver affordable rental properties on a more systematic basis.

The scheme is currently being used only by the City of Sydney Council for developments in Ultimo, Pyrmont and Green Square.

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