Housing Affordability

We are working with our community and the State Government to address the pressures on housing costs, which are affecting our key workers and the wider community, in low to moderate income households.


We are working with our community and the State Government to address the pressures on housing costs, which are affecting our key workers and the wider community, in low to moderate income households.


  • Council develops Affordable Housing Policy and opportunities

    3 months ago

    At the Council meeting on 13 December 2016 it was resolved that Council:

    A. Work with the Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Group to develop an Affordable Housing policy for consideration by Council.

    B. Consult with relevant State Government departments and other stakeholders regarding the development of an Affordable Housing policy within 3 months.

    The Administrator’s Minute outlines the suggested elements. Progress on a policy will next be reported to Council in February 2017. See Manly Daily article 21 December 2016.

    Two draft precinct structure plans currently on exhibition include targets for affordable housing:

    Comments on these draft plans will be received until 28 February 2017.

    At the Council meeting on 13 December 2016 it was resolved that Council:

    A. Work with the Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Group to develop an Affordable Housing policy for consideration by Council.

    B. Consult with relevant State Government departments and other stakeholders regarding the development of an Affordable Housing policy within 3 months.

    The Administrator’s Minute outlines the suggested elements. Progress on a policy will next be reported to Council in February 2017. See Manly Daily article 21 December 2016.

    Two draft precinct structure plans currently on exhibition include targets for affordable housing:

    Comments on these draft plans will be received until 28 February 2017.

  • What has Council been doing?

    4 months ago

    While working with the SRG on a strategic approach, the Northern Beaches Council has been:

    • Advocating for State Government support for suitable planning mechanisms in our region eg. relevant State Environmental Planning Policies, secondary dwellings provisions, the use of State-owned land and Sydney North District planning.
    • Considering how to stimulate more affordable housing stock and diversity through Council’s planning controls.
    • Exploring opportunities for developers, community housing providers, home owners and use of Council-owned land.

    Council is also building on the work of the three former councils. Each had housing affordability embedded as a priority issue for their strategic planning. Their initiatives have included:

    • Pittwater worked towards developing a strategy on affordable housing; backed by a discussion paper and investigating opportunities within the Ingleside Precinct Planning process.

    • Warringah established a Community Committee and conducted extensive community engagement, leading to a discussion paper and draft action plan in 2015. This led to a more detailed needs analysis (see Infographic) and preparation of a draft policy in 2016, as well as exploring opportunities in the Frenchs Forest Hospital precinct. In 2016 the Warringah LEP was amended to allow for larger secondary dwellings, by increasing maximum floor space in some areas.

    • Manly Council had embedded the issue in its Community Strategic Plan as a key goal for its built environment: "Create liveable neighbourhoods with more affordable housing choice", and has encouraged a greater diversity of housing through its strategic planning.

    While working with the SRG on a strategic approach, the Northern Beaches Council has been:

    • Advocating for State Government support for suitable planning mechanisms in our region eg. relevant State Environmental Planning Policies, secondary dwellings provisions, the use of State-owned land and Sydney North District planning.
    • Considering how to stimulate more affordable housing stock and diversity through Council’s planning controls.
    • Exploring opportunities for developers, community housing providers, home owners and use of Council-owned land.

    Council is also building on the work of the three former councils. Each had housing affordability embedded as a priority issue for their strategic planning. Their initiatives have included:

    • Pittwater worked towards developing a strategy on affordable housing; backed by a discussion paper and investigating opportunities within the Ingleside Precinct Planning process.

    • Warringah established a Community Committee and conducted extensive community engagement, leading to a discussion paper and draft action plan in 2015. This led to a more detailed needs analysis (see Infographic) and preparation of a draft policy in 2016, as well as exploring opportunities in the Frenchs Forest Hospital precinct. In 2016 the Warringah LEP was amended to allow for larger secondary dwellings, by increasing maximum floor space in some areas.

    • Manly Council had embedded the issue in its Community Strategic Plan as a key goal for its built environment: "Create liveable neighbourhoods with more affordable housing choice", and has encouraged a greater diversity of housing through its strategic planning.
  • Strategic Reference Group Established

    4 months ago

    The Northern Beaches Council established a Strategic Reference Group (SRG) on Affordable Housing in 2016, to help the new Council develop its first Community Strategic Plan. The SRG is comprised of community members and sector experts, working together to address their Terms of Reference through to July 2017:

    • Provide input to the Vision, Priorities and Objectives for the Draft Community Strategic Plan
    • Provide advice on strategic direction and policy development towards addressing the shortage of affordable housing, including the hospital precinct and land release area of Ingleside
    • Provide advice on opportunities and challenges including major centres
    • Explore opportunities, existing models and challenges in consultation with external agencies and organisations

    Manly Daily article 23 Nov 2016

    This project page is also a source of background material for the SRG and other interested community members. As the SRG makes progress on this issue, Council will consult more broadly with the community in 2017.

    The Northern Beaches Council established a Strategic Reference Group (SRG) on Affordable Housing in 2016, to help the new Council develop its first Community Strategic Plan. The SRG is comprised of community members and sector experts, working together to address their Terms of Reference through to July 2017:

    • Provide input to the Vision, Priorities and Objectives for the Draft Community Strategic Plan
    • Provide advice on strategic direction and policy development towards addressing the shortage of affordable housing, including the hospital precinct and land release area of Ingleside
    • Provide advice on opportunities and challenges including major centres
    • Explore opportunities, existing models and challenges in consultation with external agencies and organisations

    Manly Daily article 23 Nov 2016

    This project page is also a source of background material for the SRG and other interested community members. As the SRG makes progress on this issue, Council will consult more broadly with the community in 2017.

  • What is the NSW Government doing? What’s in the District Plan?

    3 months ago

    The Greater Sydney Commission has released the Sydney North draft District Plan for exhibition until March 2017. The draft Plan makes reference to housing and job targets, and nominates targets of 5-10% of new areas be made available for ‘affordable rental housing’. This target applies to urban renewal and land release areas overall across the whole District, not just to the Northern Beaches. Each nominated area would undergo more detailed viability testing to determine the appropriate target for that area.

    Read the Draft District Plan or Overview

    Fact Sheet on Affordable Rental Housing Target

    Find out how to get updates and make a submission by late March 2017

    For more in-depth information on the topic the NSW Government provides an online Centre for Affordable Housing to address the interests of the community, councils, developers and community housing providers.

    The Greater Sydney Commission has released the Sydney North draft District Plan for exhibition until March 2017. The draft Plan makes reference to housing and job targets, and nominates targets of 5-10% of new areas be made available for ‘affordable rental housing’. This target applies to urban renewal and land release areas overall across the whole District, not just to the Northern Beaches. Each nominated area would undergo more detailed viability testing to determine the appropriate target for that area.

    Read the Draft District Plan or Overview

    Fact Sheet on Affordable Rental Housing Target

    Find out how to get updates and make a submission by late March 2017

    For more in-depth information on the topic the NSW Government provides an online Centre for Affordable Housing to address the interests of the community, councils, developers and community housing providers.
  • Background on housing affordability

    4 months ago

    What is:

    Affordable housing is at an historic low on the Northern Beaches, with median house prices 50% higher, and rentals around 100% higher than the Sydney Region. A recent needs analysis outlines the scale of the issue. Many young people, families, retirees and key workers are struggling to afford to live here. This has flow-on effects on the local labour force, services, businesses, family unity and social cohesion.

    What is:

    Affordable housing is at an historic low on the Northern Beaches, with median house prices 50% higher, and rentals around 100% higher than the Sydney Region. A recent needs analysis outlines the scale of the issue. Many young people, families, retirees and key workers are struggling to afford to live here. This has flow-on effects on the local labour force, services, businesses, family unity and social cohesion.