Housing Projects

Local Government Housing Kit (NSW Department of Communities and Justice)

The fully updated Kit provides an on-line guide to help councils develop local housing strategies, comprising five modules:
Complete Kit
Module 2: Preparing and Implementing a Local Housing Strategy
Module 3: Building an Evidence Base
Module 4: Financial Feasibility
Module 5: Resources
The Kit includes over forty case studies and examples of housing initiatives.

Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) Calculator and User Guide 
(NSW Department of Communities and Justice)

Development and refinement of a two-part calculator for assessing: 

1) increases in value created through land use rezoning or increased FSR

2) housing opportunities that can be created by capturing a portion of the uplift.Includes preparation of a plain English User Guide and user testing.

Structure Plan for Urban Renewal of Inner Metropolitan Region (under the Housing Affordability Fund)

Study of the planning context, opportunities, constraints, urban design and development potential

Urban Capacity Study for Urban Renewal of Inner Metropolitan Region

Study of the uplift potential of planning and urban renewal options

Tweed Shire Housing Context and Options

Working with council to explore options and prepare a context and options paper to respond to housing issues. Included housing needs and affordability assessment, workshops and identification of potential actions to address priority issues.

Housing Management and Ownership Options (NSW Federation of Housing Associations and a Major Local Council)

  • Analysis and modelling of social, financial and asset management costs / benefits of scenarios for development and management of affordable housing for options involving Community Housing Providers and Local Government.
  • Exploration of innovative options involving Council owned land and cash contributions in a mixed tenure model.

Local Government and Affordable Housing Roundtable (Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) NSW)

Professional facilitation of the Round Table hosted by CHIA, a forum for local government and community housing providers to explore planning and development issues.

Current and Emerging Opportunities for Affordable Housing (Tier1 Community Housing Provider)

  • Exploration of policies and strategies for facilitation of affordable housing across selected metropolitan local government areas.
  • Scan of current and emerging opportunities for affordable housing, focussing on local government and key state planning directions

Affordable Housing Strategy: Workshop with Armidale Regional Council and Homes North Community Housing

Facilitation of workshop between council and housing provider to build collaboration and to identify and respond to key issues. Research and documentation of Outcomes and Next Steps.

Submission to the Federal Government's Value Capture Discussion Paper for Community Housing Peak National Organisation

Preparation of submission on the Federal Government’s Value Capture Discussion Paper on behalf of community housing providers nationally.

Facilitating Affordable Housing through Planning Mechanisms (Parramatta Council and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations)

Review of the approaches available to local government to facilitate, acquire and manage affordable housing, drawing out their suitability for application in NSW.

Industry Strategy for Housing and Planning (NSW Federation of Housing Associations)

Review of Issues for Community Housing Providers and development of a Community Housing Industry Strategy which: 
1) explains why it is critical to use all levers to address growing housing needs,
2) explains the important and influential role planning plays in housing outcomes,
3) demonstrates the commitment and capacity of community housing providers, and
4) shows how planning and related policies can support community housing providers and affordable housing more generally.

Various Development Projects:  Sydney Region and Surrounds

Planning advice, options identification / analysis and feasibility assessment

Interactive Housing Assessment

Development of a suite of tools to assist people to identify their housing requirements and to actively explore and refine options.  Models the cost impact of changes as they are made

Enhancing the NAHA

Background Paper for National Affordable Summit Group Round Table Canberra 22 August 2012

Housing Strategy Advice

Research, policy and strategy advice and preparation of presentation tools for NSW Government client

Affordable Housing Options for a Sydney Metropolitan Sub-Region

Identification, review and assessment of feasibility of options to achieve affordable housing

Housing Affordability Fund Project: Redfern Waterloo

Strategy and planning work associated with preparation of a Preliminary Master Plan including:    
  • Community Engagement and Capacity Building Framework
  • Community engagement support, including presentations, workshops, the development of materials explaining technical planning issues to the public at a Community Planning Expo
  • Preparation of a Concept Plan Vision Statement
  • Implementation of project-based file sharing/ information management system 

Redfern Waterloo: Development of Built Environment Plan 2 and Supporting Investigations

Strategic planning input to the Built Environment Plan (BEP2) guiding the regeneration of a 30 hectare area, including:
  • Planning, options generation, analysis and feasibility assessment as inputs to the planning framework Drafting and editing of BEP2 text
  • Presentations to Ministerial and other workshops
  • Concept design, text and production of an information booklet explaining to tenants the renewal process, opportunities and how to have input to the process

New Generation Boarding Houses 

  • Planning advice and support including advocacy and guidance for the approval of New Generation Boarding Houses by Local Government
  • Submission to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) 

“Spotlight on Australia’s Capital Cities”

Expert review and advice for the Independent Audit of City Planning Systems undertaken by KPMG for the “Built Environment Meets Parliament” group comprising the Property Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, Consult Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia, and the Green Building Council Australia. 

Redevelopment Study Rural NSW

Desktop analysis, assessment of site redevelopment feasibility and generation of development options. 

Policy and Planning Advice to State Housing Agency

  • Advice on planning matters and
  • Direction and review of planning research, proposals and submissions

Methodologies for assessing development capacity Affordable Rental Housing SEPP

  • Review of draft provisions and advice to government of the implications of options, including feasibility assessment of impact of incentive provisions for developers 
  • Input to and review of part 3: Retention of existing affordable rental housing, and implementation of efficient and transparent compensatory payments system for loss of low cost housing 

Planning to Promote Affordable Housing

Development of framework for a high level government working group addressing:
  • Why adequate and affordable housing is needed to achieve sustainable communities
  • The role of the planning system in shaping housing provision and influencing affordable housing outcomes
  • Principles that could underpin a nationally consistent approach to the use of planning mechanisms to promote housing affordability
  • Possible components of a comprehensive framework Review of implementation progress and development of framework 

National Affordable Housing Forum: Achieving a National Affordable Housing Agreement

Coordination of the 2006 Forum hosted by the National Affordable Housing Summit (comprising HIA, ACTU, ACOSS and the National Housing Alliance).  The Forum was intended to stimulate informal discussion about key goals and priorities for a National Affordable Housing Agreement, possible core elements of such an Agreement, and ways of building public and political support for it. 

National Affordable Housing Summit (comprising HIA, ACTU, ACOSS and the National Housing Alliance

Commissioning and preparation of research and position papers, policy development, high level stakeholder negotiations, media liaison, oversight of financial modelling and logistical support 

Planning for Affordable Housing for Manly and Warringah Councils

Study assessing local needs, planning mechanisms and opportunities to promote affordable housing in these Local Government Areas 

Housing Management Improvement Plan

Study undertaken for the Purfleet-Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council, exploring options for building a more sustainable housing service


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