Housing for All – our draft housing strategy

Housing for All – our draft housing strategy


Following community consultation, Council approved the draft local housing strategy.

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We invite your feedback on Housing for All, the City’s plan for providing housing in our local area. 

Sydney is widely recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities. It’s renowned for its cultural diversity and economic competitiveness, as well as the high quality of life it offers its residents.

However, in the last decade, complex housing issues (such as decreasing affordability) have challenged our liveability indicators.

Housing growth continues in the city, with an additional 56,000 dwellings to be built by 2036. Growth will bring challenges and we need to begin planning today for the city we want tomorrow.

The strategy links our vision for housing with the housing objectives and targets of the NSW Government and Greater Sydney Commission strategic plans, including regional and district plans.

The Eastern City District Plan requires councils to develop housing targets to guide short, medium, and long-term housing growth.

Specifically it requires us to demonstrate how we will: 

  • deliver a 0–5 year dwelling target of 18,300 (2016–2021) 
  • develop a 6–10 year dwelling target (2022–2026) 
  • identify the capacity to contribute to an 11–20 year dwelling target of 157,500 for the Eastern City District (2027–2036).

We have identified 7 local housing priorities in the Housing for All strategy:

  1. Facilitating homes in the right locations
  2. Coordinating housing growth with the delivery of infrastructure
  3. Increasing diversity and choice in housing
  4. Increasing the diversity and number of homes available for lower income households
  5. Increasing the amount of social and supported housing
  6. Improving NSW Government controlled site outcomes
  7. Increasing liveability, sustainability and accessibility through high-quality residential design

We’d like your feedback on our priorities and the actions we’re proposing to meet our objectives.

City Plan 2036 draft local strategic planning statement 

The draft local housing strategy sits alongside City Plan 2036, our draft local strategic planning statement. 

It sets out a 20-year land use vision, balancing the need for housing and economic activities while protecting and enhancing local character, heritage, public places and spaces.

Have your say on the draft local strategic planning statement.  

Strategic planning framework

City Plan 2036 draft local strategic planning statement and Housing for All will sit with a suite of the City’s strategic planning documents. These are all guided by the Greater Sydney Commission’s plans: A Metropolis of Three Cities – the Greater Sydney Region Plan and Eastern City District Plan. 

These strategic plans manage Greater Sydney’s growth and change across the themes of infrastructure, liveability, productivity and sustainability.

Changes to planning legislation in 2018 mean that councils are now required to prepare their own land use planning strategies, known as local strategic planning statements.

Graphic showing the City of Sydney strategic planning framework. Including: The overarching NSW Government plans for Sydney developed by the Greater Sydney Commission.1. The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities. 2. The Eastern City District Plan. City of Sydney’s community strategic plan ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’, which is our overarching strategy for our local area. City of Sydney land use planning strategies, including: 1. Our Local Strategic Planning Statement, ‘City Plan 2036’, which is the plan that articulates our 20 year vision for land use in our area. 2. ‘Housing for All’ our draft housing strategy. 3. Central Sydney Planning Strategy. 4. Planning Proposal for City of Sydney Employment Lands. 5. Sydney Development Control Plan 2012. Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Next steps 

Following consultation, the City will review all feedback and make any amendments necessary. We will work with the Greater Sydney Commission to seek its agreement prior to reporting the draft planning statement and housing strategy to Council for adoption. The planning statement and housing strategy will then guide an update to the City's planning controls over 2019 to 2021, as well as becoming a matter for consideration in all planning proposals. 

How you can give feedback

You can view the draft strategy, technical report and capacity study and give your feedback by completing our online form.

Online form

Alternatively, you can email your written submission to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 11 October 2019.

Individual responses will remain anonymous, and only reported in aggregate. Please refer to the City's privacy management plan.

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.


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Key dates

Public consultation period
30 August to 11 October 2019

Community briefing session
6pm–7pm Tuesday 3 September
Marconi Room, Town Hall House


Christina Heather
Senior Specialist Planner
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 March 2020