The new hous­ing rush hits Syd­ney

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

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.

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