Update | 22 November 2023

East Gippsland Shire Council has prepared a draft Housing and Settlement Strategy (HSS) which is anticipated to be presented at the 12 December 2023 Council Meeting for consideration.

The draft strategy underwent two rounds of consultation, with valuable community input shaping the document. Now that public feedback sessions have concluded, the revised document is available for community information before Council votes on the strategy.

The draft HSS establishes a land-use planning policy framework to guide the future development of settlements and the design of new housing across East Gippsland. The strategy aims to meet the evolving needs of our community, ensure high-risk locations area avoided, and foster a more sustainable housing system in the shire.

Mayor Cr Tom Crook has emphasised the need for a guiding document on housing and settlements.
"As we look ahead to accommodating 8,250 new dwellings by 2041, this strategy emphasises responsible growth, affordability and environmental stewardship. It’s about building a future that preserves our character and helps to ensure a home for everyone."

The draft HSS addresses challenges in equitable housing access by aiming to ensure diverse, affordable and sustainable housing options. The strategy supports infill development in established areas for efficient land use and discourages excessive reliance on greenfield land. It encourages diverse housing types and better provision for different needs and lifestyles.

While Council does not directly provide housing, the Housing and Settlement Strategy defines Council’s role in facilitating access to these diverse and affordable housing opportunities for the community.

The complete draft Housing and Settlement Strategy is available on Council’s website. If the proposal is supported by Council, the public will have a further opportunity to provide feedback for independent review during the formal Planning Scheme Amendment process.

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