What is a Housing Strategy?

  • A Housing Strategy identifies the current and future housing needs and an important tool for setting out a plan for responding to changing housing needs.
  • Explores housing potential and opportunities for further residential development;
  • Identifies the associated constraints to housing growth; and
  • Works to inform Council to efficiently manage the future housing demands to meet the communities’ needs. 

Council is seeking community feedback to understand people's housing choices and whether residential development in Casey is meeting the community's needs and choices to assist in the review of the Housing Strategy.

What is Council’s role in housing?

Council has three complimentary roles in the provision of housing:

  • Council is a planning authority, and facilitates the timely and orderly provision of housing.
  • A community advocate expressed through the provision of housing related advocacy, modest support programs for residents experiencing housing related stress and facilitates community and private development collaborations.
  • A regulatory responsibility with regards to Rooming and Boarding Houses.

Why do we need a housing strategy?

It is estimated that an additional 150,000 new residents will call Casey home from now until 2031. There will also be a change in demographics during this period, with an ageing population, and a trend towards fewer people in each household.

This places considerable pressure on existing housing and requires careful consideration of where additional housing growth can best be accommodated to protect existing liveability, affordability, diversity of communities, equity and to achieve greater sustainability for the future.

Whilst Council cannot directly influence population growth, Council has a clear role to plan for its current and future community.


How might I be affected?

The draft Housing Strategy aims to provide greater choice of housing available to residents and that housing growth occurs in a sustainable manner and in appropriate locations.

One central element in the Strategy is the identification of key change areas that will help us meet the challenges of housing shortages and lack of diversity, while still safeguarding areas of special character.

Housing Change Areas provide an indication of the appropriate level of change in terms of the intensity and type of residential development that will be supported where residential uses are permitted under the Planning Scheme.

These Housing Change Areas provide the community and the development sector with greater certainty about the envisaged level of residential change to expect in different parts of Casey. These Housing Change Areas are identified as: Minimal, Incremental and Substantial change.


Where can I get more information?

This website contains comprehensive information about the draft Housing Strategy. You can also view the exhibition documents in the following other places:

Display locations:

Council Customer Service Centres

  • Council Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren
  • Amberly Park Shopping Centre, Shop 8, 101 Seebeck Drive, Narre Warren South
  • Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, Shop 156, South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne

Local Libraries

  • City of Casey Cranbourne Complex, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne
  • Autumn Place, Doveton
  • Raymond McMahon Boulevard, Endeavour Hills
  • Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Overland Drive, Fountain Gate
  • Stuart Avenue, Hampton Park

Drop in sessions:

You can also view the draft Strategy and discuss it with a Council staff by attending a drop-in information session:

  • Council Civic Centre, Meeting Room 7, Magid Drive, Narre Warren on Tuesday 30 June and Monday 13 July between 4pm – 8pm
  • Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, Shop 156, South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne on Thursday 16 July between 10am – 4pm

Pop up sessions:

We will also be attending community and school holiday events throughout July, to find out where we will be see Key Dates on the Home Page. 


How does this work relate to the new State Government Zones?

The State Government has introduced new residential zones and amended industrial and commercial zones. Commercial and industrial zones are being automatically translated from existing zones to the new, revised zones.

The new residential zones require Councils to undertake further work to identify appropriate areas for the application of the new zones and to draft detailed content for zone schedules.

Further information can be found here:

http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/about-planning/improving-the-system/reformed-zones-for-victoria


What will it say about the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) areas?

In response to the new State Government’s reformed residential zones for Victoria, Council has undergone a review of Casey’s LDRZ areas.

The LDRZ review assessed capacity and availability of the existing infrastructure (sewage, water supply, drainage and roads) to accommodate the higher housing densities. However, the review purely assessed if the properties were suitable to accommodate a minimum subdivision size of 2000sqm.

The Low Density Residential Zones review was also conducted as part of the Housing Strategy, to assess how the LDRZ land will fit within Casey’s housing stock as a whole. Total of twenty precincts were previously identified and each precinct was reviewed through an assessment criterion.

Findings from the Housing Market Assessment suggested that there was ongoing demand for ‘rural lifestyle’ and that the supply of such lots should be increased if possible. However, due to bushfire risk, landscape impact, drainage capacity, aboriginal cultural heritage, accessibility to services, infrastructure limitations, agency concerns and flooding issues, not all land in LDRZ will be suitable for further subdivision. It is recommended LDRZ areas should be retained at 0.4 hectares except for Precincts 7, 8, 17 and 18 where the minimum subdivision should be reduced to 0.2 hectares.

Informal drop in sessions have been planned specifically for the LDRZ residents, to find out where please see Key Dates, this will allow residents the opportunity to ask questions in person and provide feedback. 


How can I have my say?

The Housing Strategy is an important tool for setting out a plan for responding to population growth and changing housing needs. Community involvement is essential to finding the best ways to respond, and we want to hear your ideas for how to achieve this. 

Participate by submitting a formal submission online, fill out our survey, enter a quick poll or give feedback over the phone

You can also send written comments with your full name and contact details to:

Strategic Development, PO Box 1000, Narre Warren, VIC 3805

Or Email: sdevelopment@casey.vic.gov.au


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