Policy

Definitions around affordable housing in Victoria come into force

On the 1st of June, the amendments to Victoria's Planning & Environment Act 1987 came into force which, among other things, provide a definition of affordable housing in the state. In essence , the new legislative amendments that are now in force provide a definition for what very low, low and moderate income households are and the act now states that affordable housing is housing for households who fit within the income brackets now...

Affordable housing to come at the cost of ... affordable housing?

Urban Taskforce Australia has reacted swiftly to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute's (AHURI) latest report on increasing affordable housing supply. AHURI's report examines how planning mechanisms support affordable housing supply in both Australia and overseas locations. Headline points covered in the report which was released yesterday include: 'Inclusionary planning' tools leverage significant quantities of affordable housing...

Is this the end of the West Melbourne skyscraper?

To be fair, there isn't a particularly large number of genuine skyscrapers planned for West Melbourne, yet should a new structure plan for 3003 be ratified, the likes of 420 Spencer Street seen below will be the exceptions and not the norm. The West Melbourne Structure Plan (WMSP) last night went before the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee at City of Melbourne with the intent of seeking endorsement prior to a period of community and...