Delivering a mix of Private and Social Housing on Surplus Government Land

The Victorian Government is committed to better meeting the housing needs of Victorians by utilising surplus government land with good access to jobs and transport for the purposes of much need housing.

As part of the Government’s housing strategy, Homes for Victorians the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is undertaking an Inclusionary Housing Pilot (IHP) on six surplus government land parcels. The IHP will deliver up to 100 new social housing homes and introduce affordable housing opportunities across the six sites.

The land will be developed by the private sector, with all social and affordable housing provided in partnership with a community housing provider. This will be done in close consultation with government departments and agencies as well as the relevant local council.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Pilot will be conducted over five key phases:

Process of IHP phases

Phase one: six suitable surplus government sites were identified as appropriate for inclusion in the Pilot and divided into Tranche 1 and Tranche 2.

Phase two: introduced new planning controls for the four Tranche 1 sites – Wodonga, Boronia, Broadmeadows and Parkville. New planning controls were reviewed for each of the sites through the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) process. These new planning controls were introduced on 5 July 2018.

Phase three: covers the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Development and Sale of the Inclusionary Housing Pilot sites process for all six sites. The EOI process will determine the successful bidder for each site by February 2019.

Phase four: introduces new planning controls for the two Tranche 2 sites– Reservoir and Noble Park. These sites will also be reviewed through the Advisory Committee process.

Phase five: involves the final commercial negotiations and execution of the development and sale contracts with the successful bidder for each site.

Phase two of the Pilot (planning certainty) has been completed, with four of the six sites being reviewed by the Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee has provided their recommendation to the Minister for Planning. New planning controls were introduced on each of the four sites in Tranche 1 on 5 July 2018.

More information regarding the planning controls

Proposals for the development and sale of all six sites will be sought through an EOI process. The EOI will be released in late July and evaluated against the objectives of the Pilot to ensure that the greatest value is achieved for each site.

Once released the EOI for the Development and Sale of the Inclusionary Housing Pilot Sites will be available at Tenders VIC Current Tenders.

The shortlisted bidder(s) for all six sites will be announced in October 2018.

The successful bidders will be announced in February 2019.

In Tranche 1 the first four sites will be presented to the market having already undergone an Advisory Committee process and with the new planning controls in place. In Tranche 2 DELWP, in partnership with the successful bidder, will have the preferred design reviewed by the Advisory Committee at the same time as consideration of the proposed planning controls.

As a Pilot, this dual approach is part of how DELWP will test and better understand the different ways social and affordable housing can be undertaken to achieve desirable outcomes. These outcomes consist of a variety of things including but not limited to; planning efficiency, good urban design, the attainment of meaningful social capital through consultation, and the provision of social housing.

Social housing is short and long-term rental housing that is owned and run by the government or not-for-profit agencies. Social housing is made up of two types of housing; public housing and community housing. It is for people on low incomes who need housing, especially those who have recently experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.

More information

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