Kiama Local Housing Strategy

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As part of the Kiama Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), Council is required to prepare and adopt a Local Housing Strategy by 30 June 2022.

Council has started work on the strategy and we will provide opportunities for community input as set out in the Kiama Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2019 including:

  • the formation of a Housing Reference Group. The group will provide input to the draft strategy before it is reported to the March 2022 Council Meeting to begin the formal exhibition process
  • a discussion paper
  • a survey
  • Community Workshops.

Adopted in 2020, the Kiama LSPS outlines a 20-year vision for land use in our local area.

Through the LSPS, our community identified that managing sustainable growth is a key priority for our area.

Theme 1 of the LSPS is Manage sustainable growth.

The theme includes 4 Planning Priorities, 2 of which are to:

  • support the delivery of required infrastructure
  • plan for and balance housing supply and demand.

The preparation and adoption of a Kiama Local Housing Strategy aims to achieve these goals.

Council has appointed AEC Group to undertake the Kiama Housing Supply Feasibility Analysis

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What is a Housing Strategy?

A Local Housing Strategy sets out a clear plan for housing in a Local Government Area for the next 10 and 20 years.

Kiama's Local Housing Strategy, in conjunction with the LSPS and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan, will include identifying if new housing opportunities are required, and if so, where and how these opportunities are supplied.

The strategy will also aim to promote efficient use of land and infrastructure by aligning housing growth with supporting infrastructure and social services, such as schools, health facilities and public transport, and plan for future needs.

How is a Housing Strategy prepared?

To prepare the strategy, Council will consider demographic factors, the supply and demand for housing, local land use opportunities and constraints, and other factors.

The DPIE recommends that Council takes the following steps to develop a Local Housing Strategy:

Step 1

Establish the background and context, and analyse the evidence base including:

  • housing supply gaps
  • specific needs
  • specific development capacity

Step 2

Establish the vision (Community and stakeholder engagement phase)

Identify objectives (Community and stakeholder engagement phase)

Consider land use planning options and other implementation mechanisms

Evaluate and select a delivery option

Step 3

Prepare implementation and delivery plan

Exhibit draft Strategy (Community and stakeholder engagement)

Council and DPIE approve strategy

Step 4

Monitor, report and review implementation.

How is the evidence base established?

The evidence base looks at housing supply gaps, specific needs and development capacity.

Our Strategic Planning team have started an analysis of our area’s existing evidence base.

This included establishing the demographic background and future trends and demands.

Council has also issued an Expression of Interest for a suitably qualified Urban Economist to prepare a housing supply feasibility analysis.

This analysis will identify the viability of housing development and likely take up rates of the theoretical capacity (for instance, housing supply capacity of existing land use controls).

Community engagement and collaboration will assist in establishing a vision and objectives of the Kiama Local Housing Strategy.