• Introduction of new planning mechanisms for affordable housing

    2018-06-14

    Introduction of new planning mechanisms for affordable housing

    Several amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 came into effect on 1st June, 2018.

    What is changing?
    On the 1 June 2018 several amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) came into operation. The amendments to the Act will facilitate voluntary agreements for the provision of affordable housing as part of development applications. 

    Why is the Planning and Environment Act being amended?
    Homes for Victorians: Affordability, access and choice (March 2017) and Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 (March 2017) recognised the critical need to increase the supply of affordable housing. Both strategies found that while the planning system alone could not address all of the issues related to the provision of social and affordable housing it is important for the planning system to play its role.

    Please see here for the Fact Sheet on the changes to the Act.

    For more information, please click on the following.
    Guidance
    Income Bands
    Matters to be considered
    Example Agreement
    Potential scenarios