Let’s talk about Housing Choices

Released 09/03/2018

The ACT Government will shortly move onto the next stage of consultation for our Housing Choices strategy.

“In November last year, I officially launched the Housing Choices consultation to invigorate conversation about housing supply in Canberra, and to find out more about what kind of housing Canberrans may require in the future,” Minster for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said.

“Now it is time to work with community representatives to refine what we’ve heard.”

To continue the conversation, the next stage of engagement will comprise a consultation method that helps reach the core of community concerns through considered engagement. The ‘Collaboration Hub’ is a deliberative democracy process that will draw out key ideas as well as policy recommendations, and encourages direct participation to arrive at well-considered public decisions.

“During March, invitations to participate in the Collaboration Hub will be sent to households that have been randomly selected. This will give a wide cross section of the community the opportunity to work together with government. The outcome will be recommendations to government on what can be done to ensure our housing needs are met in the future,” Minister Gentleman said.

The ACT has a finite supply of land to accommodate urban development. The ACT population is projected to reach 500,000 people by 2033, with the number of residents aged 65 and above set to increase by two thirds over the same period. These changes are also occurring in the context of a government commitment to create a more compact and efficient city and reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint.

“A number of areas will be explored during the Collaboration Hub process including looking at what zoning might be appropriate, and the principles that Canberrans agree are important to deliver the housing we want,” Minister Gentleman said.

Canberra requires careful planning to manage growth and urban development. It requires innovative and participatory approaches to planning. For more information about this, visit http://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/.

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