The Baillieu Government’s plan to house 1 million more people on the outer fringe gives cause for concern, as relying on expansion of cities as a sole strategy to achieve affordable housing is a recipe for disaster.
Pushing cities further out means putting people ever further from the major job centres, and creates a massive infrastructure deficit, particularly for public transport, that simply won’t be funded by developers.It’s a good first step by the Baillieu Government, to plan the growth corridors to include town centres and schools, but access to jobs near housing is what’s needed to make sure ‘affordable housing’ on the fringe doesn’t mean unemployment or hours in a car to get to a job.
Strategies are needed that make affordable housing options available in the inner and middle ring suburbs as well.
Delivering these strategies relies on the Victorian Government having a state affordable housing plan that includes all the levers in their tool box – not just urban expansion.
We need densification, investment in public and community housing, further support for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), strategies to improve the affordability of home ownership such as shared equity, and planning system tools like inclusionary zoning.
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