How can we legislate higher quality of housing to avoid the
issue of energy poverty and car dependency in the community? Particularly for
the people who can least afford it?
A key component of this project is a direct
response to changes made in the Victorian Planning and Environment Act 2018.
A new objective has been added: “to facilitate the provision of affordable
housing in Victoria”. Affirming the use of section 173 for voluntary
affordable housing agreements, it further states “…..a Responsible Authority
may enter into an agreement with an owner of land for the development or
provision of land in relation to affordable housing”. This project will
provide recommendations to Council for consideration.
Through national and international analysis,
it is apparent that the current legislation establishing voluntary agreements,
as a singular approach, is likely not to meet all of the affordable housing
needs of the community, nor the subsidiary issues such as energy poverty and
car dependency. As such, alternative and innovative policy measures will also
be necessary to effectively deliver affordable housing. For example: advocating
for the location of affordable housing in areas where residents can easily
access public transport and amenities without relying on a vehicle.