As Hobart grows it should not become a city divided by inequality. We don’t want it to become more difficult for people on low and medium incomes to live and work in.
The Council needs to take a leadership role for this to be a city that people of all income levels can live and work in. As a city, we must ensure that we are building more housing that’s affordable for local people instead of just for the luxury market and speculators.
The next Council must better use the city’s power over land use decisions to increase the amount of developer contributions to support affordable housing. I will push for:
- mandatory and voluntary incentives to include 10% affordable units in all new residential developments (with more than 10 units) and in declared urban renewal areas, such as in Midtown and along the rail corridor.
- include 30% affordable housing units in developments on Council owned land along the rail corridor.
In our established suburbs I will promote a program of incentives to create affordable housing in a way that protects the character of these areas. I will promote policies to encourage the development of:
- Small garden studios – a detached home located where a garage might normally go on a single-family lot.
- Granny flats – a second unit (self-contained living quarters including cooking equipment and a bathroom), located within the structure of a single family dwelling.
I support Council offering incentives to construct studios / flats with:
- grants to cover 25% per cent of the construction costs up to a maximum of $5,000 (dependent on an agreement that guarantees the unit is used for long term rental for 5 years).
- relax the requirement to provide extra parking for a suite.
I will push for renewal of the ‘Mid-town’ area (between the city and North Hobart) and the Northern Rail Corridor to become, over the next decade, areas full of medium density housing. This will require rezoning of some commercial and light industrial areas to ‘mixed use’ and having a more proactive strategy to use this rezoning to negotiate affordable housing.