- This stage could take anywhere from six months to two years or more, depending on the complexity and scale of the project and buy-in from the local council. Objections from the neighbourhood must be considered.
- If the project goes to VCAT to resolve objections, an additional 6-12 months could be expected.
Developers and their partners prepare town planning documentation with the aim of securing a satisfactory planning permit from the local authorities. Key activities include engagement of a full consultant team to prepare and document the architectural design, liaising and negotiating with the authorities and Council on achieving a mutually beneficial outcome and preparing all the necessary supporting technical reports – including traffic assessment reports, landscaping proposals, waste management plans, sustainability management plans or a needs analysis. Community housing organisations can provide evidence on the housing need in the specific locality.
Community consultation forms a key part of this stage, and both Council and a community housing partner can play a critical role in getting the support of the local community.
Essential parties involved at this stage include the full development team and any operational partners such as community housing organisations. Provision of affordable housing is now a key objective of most Councils and incorporating an element of community housing in projects would be favourably considered and potentially fast-tracked within planning authorities. A community housing organisation can also provide useful supporting information to Council on the real need for community housing in a specific locality. It will also ensure that the proposed design is fit for purpose to meet the needs of their target groups.
Developers planning to include community housing in their project should ensure that they involve a community housing organisation. They will have design preferences based on client needs and details of ongoing maintenance costs that should be incorporated into the design.
Provision of affordable housing is now a key objective of most Councils and incorporating an element of community housing in projects is likely to be favourably considered by planning authorities. If a significant proportion of the project will be social housing there is even the potential to have planning fast-tracked.
This stage could take anywhere from six months to two years or more, depending on the complexity and scale of the development, buy in from the local Council and extent of objections from the neighbourhood. If VCAT is involved, an additional 6-12 months could be expected
Most important jobs in this stage
- Consultation between private developers and community housing providers
- Consultation between private developers and the planning section of local council.