Strategy 5 Housing


Plan to accommodate 90,000 more dwellings by 2030



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Since the early 1990s the population of the Inner Melbourne Region has steadily increased, reversing a sustained 40 year decline. Since the early 1980s, the region has lost much of its low-cost housing stock through gentrification.

These trends combine to create a serious threat to the social diversity of the region.

New residential development is important to increase the number and diversity of housing and residents. However, this must be approached sensitively, largely by using opportunities to redevelop sites and precincts, rather than disrupting the rhythm of historically significant streetscapes and character.

Key opportunities for new residential development in the Inner Melbourne Region generally lie outside existing principal, major and neighbourhood Activity Centres in major redevelopment sites and precincts with good access to public transport.

Opportunities for the location of additional dwellings need to be specified clearly in planning schemes. This will direct investment to sites and areas with the capacity to accommodate residential growth (often higher density development) without undermining the liveability and economic capacity of Inner Melbourne.

Action 5.1 Regional Housing Statement

Implement the recommendations of the Inner Regional Housing Statement in planning schemes, including provisions to direct new development to identified growth areas.

Action 5.2 Affordable housing

Work collaboratively to investigate new funding sources and models and build the capacity of registered and not-for-profit housing organisations working in the Inner Melbourne Region to provide and manage an increased number of affordable houses.

Visit the Housing in Victoria website for information on data on housing and housing affordability indicators in Victoria.

Status:  Stage 1 Affordable Housing - Completed.

 Stage 2 Community Land Trusts - Current.  View Progress Reports for this Action.

Action 5.3 Integrating public housing estates

Work with the Office of Housing to redevelop public housing estates so they better integrate with adjacent areas.

Status: Completed.  View Reports for this Action.

Action 5.4 Social infrastructure and services

Develop a regional community infrastructure framework and program in partnership with government agencies to ensure that social infrastructure and services are provided across the Inner Melbourne Region, commensurate with projected population growth. This will include:

  • Identifying and providing regional social infrastructure needs and priorities;
  • Preparing and promoting a regional package of Council-based information and services available in the region; and
  • Providing and sharing community facilities or ‘hubs' in Activity Centres and a range of recreational and cultural activities.

Status: Closed.  View Progress Reports for this Action.

Action 5.5 Infrastructure development

Develop planning and funding models for the provision of social and physical infrastructure to service increased population in the Inner Melbourne Region, including education, children services, public housing, library, sporting, health and aged care services.

Status: Current.  View Progress Reports for this Action.



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