Dear Sir/Madam


I wish to advise that Council considered a report on the above matter at its Development Committee Meeting on Monday 11 December 2017.  Council resolved (MIN17.1039) to adopt the Shoalhaven Affordable Housing Strategy as exhibited (Attachment 1) with the following changes:

1.      Recognise the need for culturally appropriate housing for Shoalhaven’s Aboriginal community.
2.    Include/amend the following definitions:
a.    Expand the definition of ‘Socially Sustainable’ to include housing designed to meet the future expectations and preferences of prospective residents.
b.    Include a definition of ‘affordable rental housing’ which encompasses its management by a community housing provider.
3.    Investigate temporary affordable housing opportunities on NSW Government land that is awaiting future development.
4.    Advocate for the NSW Government to revise:
a.    The Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) so that housing built under this SEPP remains affordable in perpetuity.
b.    SEPP 70 Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes) to include Shoalhaven to effectively mandate provision of contributions for affordable housing where appropriate/required.
5.    Provide measurable targets, where appropriate, for the relevant key performance criteria.
a.    Specify that boarding houses should provide temporary to medium-term accommodation and that they should not become a long-term accommodation option.
b.    Investigate the:
i. Inclusion of provisions in Shoalhaven Development Control Plan 2014 to incentivise the creation of land for affordable housing and provision of affordable housing generally.
ii. Size of secondary dwellings in Clause 5.4(9) of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 to ensure standards do not hinder affordability.
6.   Request endorsement of the adopted Strategy by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
7.   Advise those who made a submission and other relevant stakeholders of this resolution.
8.   Continue to advance the Bomaderry Affordable Housing project which is identified in the Strategy as an initial key short term strategy, thank the workshop participants for their involvement in the process that helped make it a success and Invite representatives from the Property Council of Australia (Illawarra) to brief Council on the collaborative design exercise and its outcomes.
9.   Consider a subsequent more detailed report that presents a partnership model between Council and Southern Cross Housing to realise affordable housing on Council owned land, including 42-46 Coomea Street, Bomaderry and to enable an application to be submitted under Round No.2 of the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund that opens in early 2018.
10. Not proceed to make an application under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream for the ‘affordable housing/emergency housing project’ at Bomaderry (MIN17.1028) and instead submit the Paringa Park Development.
Kind regards,

Jenna Tague Team Coordinator – Strategy Planning South Shoalhaven City Council
02 4429 3553  
Bridge Rd (PO Box 42) Nowra NSW 2541