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Draft housing strategy themes: water, affordability and diversity

By January 13, 2022News

Water security, affordability and diversity are among the themes emerging in the community engagement on the Draft Local Housing Strategy.

Orange City Council is developing a new Local Housing Strategy to help guide the decisions that Council and the private sector will make to deliver a greater diversity of housing.

Orange Mayor Jason Hamling said 31 people had completed the survey so far, with more than 300 people viewing the draft housing strategy documents on the Your Say Orange site.

DIVERSITY: Orange residents want to see housing diversity in the city in future.

He encouraged more people to get involved.

“There are some strong trends emerging. It’s clear that water security, housing diversity and affordability are important to those who have completed the survey so far,” Cr Hamling said.

“Ninety per cent of respondents support action to ensure Orange has the water resources to handle population growth, while 83 per cent back efforts to address a shortage of affordable housing.” Eighty-seven per cent of participants support more housing diversity, encouraging the building of one- and two-bedroom dwellings as well as three-and four-bedroom dwellings, while more than half (54.8 per cent) support infill development within existing housing areas.

Cr Hamling said the housing strategy will guide the decisions made to deliver housing in the future.

“I encourage everyone to head to the Your Say Orange site, take five minutes to complete the survey, ask a question or share your opinion,” The Mayor said.

The Draft strategy is on exhibition until Monday 21 February, 2021.

As well as the Your Say site, comments can be sent to [email protected] Council will also be hosting public Q&A / information sessions in the Civic Theatre Forum on Wednesday 9 February from 6pm and Thursday 10 February from 1pm.

The sessions will run for an hour and half and will include an overview of the strategy, what the next steps will be, how to make a submission and an open forum for questions and answers.

The forums will comply with the COVID safe requirements in place at the time.

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