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Ayes 8

Noes 15

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Cocks

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee


MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.23): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) across Australia, we are experiencing a housing affordability crisis and the ACT Legislative Assembly has declared a housing affordability crisis here;

(b) the ACT’s population continues to grow with a current population of about 460,000 and new predictions of an increase of approximately 330,000 to 784,000 by 2060;

(c) Canberra requires a variety of housing choices for its growing population. We also need housing options that are affordable, accessible, climate wise and meet our needs as we move through the life cycle. The ACT Government’s consultation on Housing Choices in 2018 recommended a mixture of dwelling sizes and dwelling types including co-housing, shop top living, aging in place, loft-style, courtyard, terrace and manor houses, and allowing separately titled dual occupancies in RZ1 areas (RZ1 is 80 percent of residential zoning in the ACT and is the lowest density). The Housing Choices consultation identified the “what” of missing middle (or medium density) housing. It did not address the “how”;

(d) the ACT Government has trialled different densification models in the last few years and there are opportunities to analyse the lessons from these initiatives in relation to broader changes;

(e) while many in the community express a desire for different housing choices, the market is failing to deliver these and the ACT planning system has struggled to facilitate a variety of housing choices for Canberra’s growing and changing population; and

(f) how our land is zoned impacts on the ability to provide for a variety of housing choices, including “missing middle” housing options. Zoning can also influence other important factors including affordability of housing options;

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