Draft Housing Strategy

About the project

Stonnington City Council is preparing a new housing strategy. The aim of the strategy is to provide a framework to guide decisions and manage Stonnington’s future housing. The strategy will look at:

  • how many new dwellings are required
  • what types of dwellings are needed
  • where new housing should be located, and
  • other issues such as what infrastructure is needed to support growth.

The housing strategy will influence the choice of housing available to current and future residents - to make sure that new housing is delivered in a way that enhances Stonnington’s character and liveability.

It will also set out a plan to make sure housing meets the needs of everyone in our community, including young people, families, older people and vulnerable communities.

Developing the strategy

We are developing the strategy in stages, including two stages of community consultation:

  • council identifies issues and opportunities drawing from an analysis of population forecasts, development trends, local and State Government policy, and feedback from council officers, Councillors and State Government service providers (2018)
  • community engagement to inform drafting of strategy (early-mid 2019)
  • draft housing strategy (mid-late 2019)
  • community engagement on draft strategy (early 2020)
  • final housing strategy (early-mid 2020)

Register here to receive news and updates on the Housing Strategy.

About the project

Stonnington City Council is preparing a new housing strategy. The aim of the strategy is to provide a framework to guide decisions and manage Stonnington’s future housing. The strategy will look at:

  • how many new dwellings are required
  • what types of dwellings are needed
  • where new housing should be located, and
  • other issues such as what infrastructure is needed to support growth.

The housing strategy will influence the choice of housing available to current and future residents - to make sure that new housing is delivered in a way that enhances Stonnington’s character and liveability.

It will also set out a plan to make sure housing meets the needs of everyone in our community, including young people, families, older people and vulnerable communities.

Developing the strategy

We are developing the strategy in stages, including two stages of community consultation:

  • council identifies issues and opportunities drawing from an analysis of population forecasts, development trends, local and State Government policy, and feedback from council officers, Councillors and State Government service providers (2018)
  • community engagement to inform drafting of strategy (early-mid 2019)
  • draft housing strategy (mid-late 2019)
  • community engagement on draft strategy (early 2020)
  • final housing strategy (early-mid 2020)

Register here to receive news and updates on the Housing Strategy.

  • Stage 1 community engagement complete

    3 months ago

    The Stage 1 community engagement was completed in June 2019.

    We would like to thank all residents who took part in the engagement activities. Your time, ideas and suggestions are valuable to Stonnington and very much appreciated – whether your inputs were through attendance at the ‘Shaping our Neighbourhoods’ symposium, by being a part of our community panel or focus group discussions, completing the online survey, or visiting one of our pop-up information stalls and library drop-in sessions. The engagement activities attracted over 600 participants, and over 1,400 people visited the project website.

    A report on the outcomes of the engagement can be found here or a summary can be found here.

    The findings from the engagement will be used to inform the development of a draft Housing Strategy. A second round of community engagement is expected to commence in early 2020 seeking feedback on a draft Housing Strategy.

    The Stage 1 community engagement was completed in June 2019.

    We would like to thank all residents who took part in the engagement activities. Your time, ideas and suggestions are valuable to Stonnington and very much appreciated – whether your inputs were through attendance at the ‘Shaping our Neighbourhoods’ symposium, by being a part of our community panel or focus group discussions, completing the online survey, or visiting one of our pop-up information stalls and library drop-in sessions. The engagement activities attracted over 600 participants, and over 1,400 people visited the project website.

    A report on the outcomes of the engagement can be found here or a summary can be found here.

    The findings from the engagement will be used to inform the development of a draft Housing Strategy. A second round of community engagement is expected to commence in early 2020 seeking feedback on a draft Housing Strategy.

  • Community Panel

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The four Community Panel workshop sessions were completed in May 2019. We would especially like to take this opportunity to thank each Community Panel member for their time and the important contribution that each made (as a representative sample of the municipality) to deepening Council’s understanding of community views, values and aspirations for our city.

    The outcomes of the Community Panel process can be found here. A set of 25 key principles were developed that will be used to guide the development of a draft Housing Strategy. The top five key principles are:-

    1. Where possible, new housing needs to provide access to green open space;

    2. The distinctive character of each Stonnington neighbourhood is to be acknowledged, protected and enhanced through planning controls;

    3. New housing developments to be preferred near or adjacent to strategic, integrated public transport system with the capacity to absorb existing and future growth;

    4. New developments shall use materials and design to better reflect the character and heritage of local streetscapes and neighbourhoods;

    5. New housing to use building materials and design that ensures long term liveability and that contributes to low environmental impacts.

    The four Community Panel workshop sessions were completed in May 2019. We would especially like to take this opportunity to thank each Community Panel member for their time and the important contribution that each made (as a representative sample of the municipality) to deepening Council’s understanding of community views, values and aspirations for our city.

    The outcomes of the Community Panel process can be found here. A set of 25 key principles were developed that will be used to guide the development of a draft Housing Strategy. The top five key principles are:-

    1. Where possible, new housing needs to provide access to green open space;

    2. The distinctive character of each Stonnington neighbourhood is to be acknowledged, protected and enhanced through planning controls;

    3. New housing developments to be preferred near or adjacent to strategic, integrated public transport system with the capacity to absorb existing and future growth;

    4. New developments shall use materials and design to better reflect the character and heritage of local streetscapes and neighbourhoods;

    5. New housing to use building materials and design that ensures long term liveability and that contributes to low environmental impacts.

  • Online Survey

    9 months ago

    The survey has now closed, thank you to those who participated.

    The survey has now closed, thank you to those who participated.

  • ‘Shaping our neighbourhoods’ symposium

    8 months ago
    Symposium imagine 28mar19

    On Wednesday 20 March, almost 90 people attended the Malvern Town Hall to hear presentations by leading industry experts, including:-

    · Lailani Burra - Chief Executive Officer, id. - The Population Experts

    · Steve Dunn - former Executive Director, Victorian Planning Authority

    · Kathy Mitchell - Chief Panel Member, Planning Panels Victoria

    · Jeremy McLeod - founding architect behind the award-winning Nightingale Housing Model

    The symposium aimed to help the community better understand the reasons behind demographic and built-form changes, and to help increase their understanding of the planning influences that affect Stonnington. Following the presentations, the experts took part...

    On Wednesday 20 March, almost 90 people attended the Malvern Town Hall to hear presentations by leading industry experts, including:-

    · Lailani Burra - Chief Executive Officer, id. - The Population Experts

    · Steve Dunn - former Executive Director, Victorian Planning Authority

    · Kathy Mitchell - Chief Panel Member, Planning Panels Victoria

    · Jeremy McLeod - founding architect behind the award-winning Nightingale Housing Model

    The symposium aimed to help the community better understand the reasons behind demographic and built-form changes, and to help increase their understanding of the planning influences that affect Stonnington. Following the presentations, the experts took part in an informative and lively panel discussion with panellists responding to questions from the audience.

    Feedback from the community on the symposium has been positive with participants saying:

    I thought the Architect who presented about different housing models was excellent. We need more developments like that in Stonnington

    I like that we could listen to the issues from very experienced speakers. I am going home to talk to my friends and neighbours and going to take it all on board.

    It is hoped the symposium will assist the community in participating and providing meaningful feedback into the Housing Strategy community engagement work currently being undertaken by Council.