At the Council Meeting held on 4 August 2020, Council considered a report on the need to prepare a draft local housing strategy for Mosman to provide a locally relevant response to meeting the growing demand for housing in Greater Sydney. Forecasts are that Greater Sydney’s population will increase from 4.7 million (in 2016) to 6.4 million people by 2036, with an additional 725,000 dwellings required to meet demand. Government advice is that while the impact of COVID-19 on NSW’s population and economy remains unclear, it is committed to a long-term vision for the housing market.
Requirement to prepare a local housing strategy
All NSW councils are required to prepare a local strategy that meets criteria set out in the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan and district plans, outlining:
- How housing growth is to be managed,
- The right locations for additional housing supply,
- Opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure, and
- Delivery of housing supply targets.
If required, councils are then to submit updated local environmental plans (LEPs) to the NSW Government within three years of the finalisation of district plans, that is, by March 2021, or within two years for nominated accelerated councils (i.e. high growth areas). An updated LEP may, for example, identify land to be rezoned to provide for additional housing opportunities.
Housing Supply Targets
The Greater Sydney Commission has set housing supply targets for all Districts across Greater Sydney to accommodate future population growth. Mosman is located within the North District, along with Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Ryde and Willoughby local government areas.
The North District’s housing supply target of 92,000 additional dwellings over 20 years is modest compared to many parts of Greater Sydney. Additional housing supply is anticipated to largely occur in areas close to employment centres, railway stations and in planned precincts with significant infrastructure investment, such as around Macquarie Park, Hornsby and St Leonards. Mosman is not an area earmarked by the NSW Government as being subject to a high level of growth and change, reflecting the geography, infrastructure capacity and constraints of the area.
On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy
The draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy sets out a clear plan for housing in Mosman over the next 20 years to meet anticipated demand. It considers the housing needs of Mosman’s current and future population, the right locations for additional housing to meet anticipated demand, and the delivery of housing supply targets. The draft Strategy is on public exhibition from 17 August until 27 September 2020. Enquiries to Council’s Urban Planning team on 9978 4058.