Planning Reforms to Help Developers Deliver Affordable Housing

New planning regulations between councils and developers to support the roll-out of affordable housing has been released by the Victorian Labor government.

The new system comes through the Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Act 2017 and aims to make the delivery of affordable housing in major developments, particularly social housing, easier.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the new rules make it easier for councils and developers to negotiate voluntary agreements to include affordable homes in residential developments.

“We’re now providing consistency for developers and councils,” Wynne said.

The announcement of the planning reform comes as state government, who face re-election this November, said the previous system caused uncertainty about the legal validity of agreements between councils and developers, consequently missing affordable housing development opportunities.

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