Inclusionary zoning impact zero to date

A National Shelter’s investigation into inclusionary zoning has found it has found that, to date, it has had a negligible outcome in Victoria.

‘The (Victorian) State Government has focussed on a voluntary agreements approach. There is lots of talk and lots of training about how to negotiate agreements but in the absence of mandatory requirements, progress is slow,’ the report states.

National Shelter’s report writers scanned recent literature, current inclusionary zoning arrangements in each state and territory and conducted a survey of over 350 respondents to their survey the various state and territory approaches to inclusionary zoning.

An overwhelming 97 per cent of respondents thought that action was needed to  improve housing affordability across Australia and 81 per cent agreed that incentives should be provided to developers to achieve inclusionary zoning requirements for the supply of social and affordable housing.

The organisation plans to advocate for Inclusionary Zoning as a planning tool.

‘It may not be “the answer” but, along with other measures, it could become an important layer in the suite of measures we need to create, to improve the supply of affordable and social housing in Australia.”

Click here to read the report.