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Draft Affordable Housing Policy

Consultation closed on 05 February 2016

City of Ryde is answering the challenge of providing affordable housing for key workers on very low to moderate incomes with the release on public exhibition of a draft Affordable Housing Policy that will help to deliver 600 new affordable dwellings by 2031.

The draft Policy’s goal is that by 2031 five percent of all new dwellings in the Ryde Local Government Area (LGA) will be designated ‘affordable’ for key worker households on low to moderate incomes.

A local business survey conducted in 2015 has found many Ryde businesses are experiencing difficulty attracting and retaining workers. According to the survey it is commonplace in Ryde for key workers such as police, teachers and nurses to drive from the Central Coast (100km) each day for work, creating stress on families and lost productivity for businesses.

Research shows that by 2031 the Ryde LGA will be in need of 10,700 affordable housing dwellings for key workers and a recent independent planning study demonstrates this need will not be provided by the market.

The model endorsed by the City of Ryde requires that a percentage of dwellings be dedicated to Council as part of any development application or planning proposal (re-zoning).

Council is interested in hearing your feedback on this draft policy so please visit the policy to the right of this page and follow the links to provide your feedback

Latest Updates

Affordable Housing Policy adopted

Published on 13 May 2016

Council adopted the  the “City of Ryde Affordable Housing Policy 2016-2031” on 12 April 2016. To view a copy of the policy click here

Have Your Say has been extended

Published on 8 December 2015

The exhibition period for the Draft Affordable Housing Strategy has been extended until 5 February 2016.

Have Your Say is now open

Published on 23 November 2015

The Draft Affordable Housing Policy is currently on Public Exhibition until 4.30pm on Friday 15 January 2016.

Have Your Say

Submissions can be made online (using the online form below), by e-mail or post.

Written submissions must be clearly marked as ‘Draft Affordable Housing Policy' and will be received up until Friday 4.30pm on 15 January 2016. They can be sent to:

Online Submission

    Draft Affordable Housing Policy


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    View the Draft Policy

    View the Report

    View the report on the Draft Affordable Housing Policy that went to the Planning and Environment Committee here (Item 6, page 335)

    Last updated on 4 July 2017