Adopted by Council

27 April 2021

Homes for all

A local housing strategy outlines how and where housing will be delivered to meet the community's needs now and into the future.

The NSW Government requires all Councils prepare a local housing strategy to address the short-term housing targets identified in the relevant District Plan.

The Northern Beaches Local Housing Strategy considers population growth trends on the Northern Beaches to 2036 and outlines Council’s strategy to deliver housing to meet the needs of current and future residents of the area.

Thank you for your feedback on the draft strategy which was publicly exhibited earlier this year. We have reviewed submissions and made amendments to the draft strategy which was adopted by Council on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

The strategy has been forwarded to Department of Planning, Industry & Environment for approval.

View the relevant documents below:

Submission Summary Report - prepared by SGS

Full Council Report (Item 12.3)

Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report - April 2021

Amended draft Local Housing Strategy

Northern Beaches Local Housing Strategy Community Snapshot

Council Minutes (Item 12.3)

Local Housing Strategy Snapshot

Our local housing strategy at a glance

The local housing strategy looks at the housing mix in the Northern Beaches today, and plans for the kind of housing, and where it should be located, in the future.

Nearly 290,000 people will live in the Northern Beaches by 2036, an increase of nearly 23,000 people. Our demographic is changing so we need to create a more sustainable mix of housing types across our area to reflect theses changes

The strategy proposes a range of opportunities and actions across five priority areas and identifies relevant NSW Government and other agencies who may need to assist to achieve the vision. These include:

  • setting housing supply targets for five years and 6-10 years
  • developing a comprehensive approach to the delivery of social and affordable housing
  • establishing sufficient capacity to accommodate housing demand in and around existing centres
  • planning for boarding houses in appropriate and accessible locations
  • incentivising the provision of seniors housing in the right locations
  • proposing to investigate and support sustainable housing precincts.

A key consideration of the strategy is addressing the current and future shortage of dwellings for social and affordable housing. The gap between this and the total demand for social and affordable housing in 2036 (including the existing unmet demand) should be addressed by other levels of government.

Our contribution will be to at least meet the additional demand for social and affordable housing dwellings (1,880 dwellings) between 2016 and 2036.

Supporting information

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Toby Philp
Phone 02 8495 6270

Planning Our Sustainable Future

*The submission count may does not include all written submissions, or those received via email. These are reflected when engagement closes included in the engagement report.