Bayside has outpaced State Government housing targets

High life: Development at Wolli Creek has contributed to Bayside Council exceeding housing targets set by the State Government. Picture: Jojn Veage
High life: Development at Wolli Creek has contributed to Bayside Council exceeding housing targets set by the State Government. Picture: Jojn Veage

The rate of development in the Bayside local government area has outpaced the targets set for Greater Sydney and the Eastern City District.

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of dwellings in Bayside grew by 14 per cent compared with the rest of the Eastern City District which grew by 10 per cent.

The figures were included in a report on the Bayside Housing Strategy submitted to last week's council meeting and which will go on public exhibition by the end of the month.

The NSW Government requires all councils to prepare a Housing Strategy which identifies how housing targets identified in their District will be met.

Bayside Council is located within the Eastern City which identified Bayside's housing target for 2016-2021 as 10,150 dwellings.

The council also has to meet a target of 7,720 additional dwellings between 2021-2026 and 8,151 dwellings between 2026-2036.

All councils in the Eastern District (Burwood, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Strathfield, Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra) are collectively required to delivery 157,000 new dwellings by 2036.

While the councils have to meet set targets they will be able to determine the type, location and supply of housing in their local government area.

Almost all new dwelling built in Bayside in the past ten years were apartments (80 per cent) and most of these (63 per cent) had two bedrooms.

Much of that development occurred in Wolli Creek, Mascot and Botany, with some development around Rockdale and Brighton-Le-Sands.

The council report said it is anticipated that demand for housing will be highest from couples with children and couples.

"Historically, couples with children have preferred to live in detached dwellings, however, given that Bayside does not have any greenfield subdivisions to meet this demand it mostly to be met by increasing the availability of medium- density dwellings," the report said.

The Bayside Housing Strategy identifiers a number of mechanisms to deliver new housing.

These include planning for the location of new housing by undertaking further investigations in a number of areas within the local government area.

The council can also meet targets by planning for diversity of housing types, promoting housing affordability, encouraging delivery of infrastructure through partnerships and encouraging good design.

The Bayside Housing Strategy has to be placed on public exhibition by September 30 for 28 days.

It will then go back to the council for consideration of community submissions prior to the adoption of the final version of the strategy.

WANT MORE LOCAL NEWS?

SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER