The new housing rush hits Sydney
IF YOU thought your suburb had dodged Sydney’s development boom, then think again, with the state government releasing details of how it wants to squeeze another 725,000 homes into the city by 2036.
It will do this by allowing home sites to be fast-tracked for dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses under its new planning guidelines.
This will allow homeowners and developers in appropriately zoned areas to fast-track medium-density developments.
The complying development guidelines, to come into effect on July 8, are expected to speed up the approval process from the existing 71 days to 20 days for low-rise developments of under two storeys.
Planning NSW will today release figures of suitable home sites where development will be able to be fast-tracked under the new guidelines.
Those deemed unsuitable have already been developed or do not meet minimum lot sizes.
The figures show as many as 44,118 home sites in the former local government areas of Randwick, Ryde, Manly, Pittwater, Warringah, Hurstville, Kogarah, Canterbury and Bankstown could be eligible for rapid development.
In Randwick, the council’s own Local Environment Plan has designated more than 32,285 residential lots available for medium-density housing, of which Planning NSW has identified about 8440 could be fasttracked under the new guidelines.
Almost 14,000 residential lots have been identified in Ryde as suitable for fast-tracked development out of 23,540 sites the council itself has earmarked for future medium-density development.
In Manly, more than 4000 could be fast-tracked out of 8677 house lots the council had already zoned medium density.
Further up the northern beaches, 1278 house lots in the Pittwater Council area could be redeveloped out of 8178 medium density-zoned sites.
State Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said the redevelopment would only occur on home sites councils had already zoned as suitable for medium density.
“Low-rise medium-density housing is the missing part of the NSW housing stock between traditional freestanding homes and strata-titled apartments,” he said.
“With the growing and ageing population in NSW, there is a need for a greater variety of houses to suit the range of needs and lifestyles, including growing families and empty-nesters.”
Housing approval figures show Sydney, Liverpool, Blacktown, Parramatta and The Hills Shire council areas to have been the development hot spots in the last financial year.
Over the past 20 years, the greatest development has occurred in Sydney, Blacktown, Cumberland, the Central Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown.