Our response to the State Government’s proposed housing reforms

Following a December 2023 announcement by the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) to exhibit its Explanation of Intended Effect: Changes to create low and mid-rise housing, Hornsby Shire Council resolved to make a submission on the proposal, outlining its concerns and recommendations.

We encourage the NSW Government to set clear housing targets and allow councils to develop and implement their own responses appropriate to the character of their local area and community expectations.

At its General Meeting on 14 February, Council resolved that its submission highlight concerns that the density of development proposed under the state-wide approach to deliver housing will impact the character of the Shire’s suburbs, heritage, environment and tree canopy, infrastructure and risk over-development in areas prone to risks such as bush fires and flooding and parts of the Shire without adequate supply of wastewater as well as sewerage infrastructure.

Read the submission here.