Unlocking New Communities And Affordable Housing

27 February 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to boost land supply and cut delays in approvals to make housing more affordable for Victorians.

The rezoning of 100,000 lots within two years in key growth corridors spread in seven of Melbourne’s growth councils will help tackle housing affordability head on.

The planning of these 17 new suburbs will include the services, infrastructure and amenity that are the very cornerstone of great communities.

While these plans roll out over the next two years, we’re slashing the time it takes for land to be shovel-ready.

The Streamlining for Growth program is also being extended another three years, helping councils streamline subdivision processes, unlock sites and speed up applications for residential and employment land.

This will ensure planning projects can progress without hold ups. Some 37 projects have already begun tackling the red tape that once delayed subdivision approvals from councils and utilities –saving time and money for both developers and buyers.

This will help build up a four-month stock of lots for sale in growth corridors to create a more competitive market, and ensure Victoria retains its strong land supply that underpins our affordability edge. Melbourne land prices remain around half that in Sydney, and this Government intends to hold on to that competitive edge.

The Government will also commence a pilot program to deliver 100 new social housing dwellings on government land as part of developments in established suburbs.

This pilot is part of a program so private developers can innovate to provide inclusionary housing in new developments.

The Labor Government is making record investments to give Victorian communities the resources and services they deserve, including $3.3 billion for the state’s public transport system and $1 billion in health infrastructure.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“By increasing supply of lots with good access to the jobs, schools, hospitals and public transport all Victorians need, we’re helping make housing more affordable.”

“This increase in supply is also a boost to the construction industry, creating jobs in the growth corridors, as well as in established suburbs.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This is all about ensuring there is plenty of new housing coming to market to suit the varied needs of Victorian families, stay ahead of population growth and make new homes as affordable as possible.”

"We have to make the best of land we already have, and our new inclusionary housing pilot will create up to 100 new social housing homes, helping Victorians in need."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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