More than 250 residents have had their say on a strategy that will guide the future of housing development in Wyndham.
The Wyndham Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy, creates new zones for housing development and provides a 20-year plan to manage growth, will now be updated to reflect the views of the community.
Wyndham City’s Urban Futures portfolio holder, Cr Intaj Khan, said the Strategy would impact the way neighbourhoods in Wyndham develop.
“With Wyndham consistently experiencing tremendous growth, this is one of the most important strategies for the future of our municipality,” Cr Khan said.
“It proposes the introduction of three new residential zones to land as a way of managing growth and to ensure that development occurs in appropriate locations and provides guidance on keeping housing density at a suitable level. These zones also outline where development should not occur,” he added.
This, explained Cr Khan, would mean that people living in areas identified as General Residential Zones could expect to see medium density developments in the future, while only minimal development will be allowed to take place in areas identified as Neighbourhood Residential Zones.
Cr Khan said the views of the community had helped guide the development of the strategy. “Earlier this year we opened this strategy for community consultation. We received over 250 submissions, which is a great result and shows that the community is as passionate about this as we are,” Cr Khan added.
“At the Council meeting on 5 December, we voted to update the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy based on the feedback we received. Our new residential zones will be adapted, while we will also update the housing analysis component of the strategy,” Cr Khan said.
A revised version of the Strategy will now be presented at a Council meeting in mid-2018.