Affordable Housing Contribution Scheme

We are currently developing an Affordable Housing Contribution Scheme (AHCS) for our Shire.

An Affordable Housing Contribution Scheme provides detail about how, where, and at what rate development contributions can be collected by councils for affordable housing.

This is guided by:

Contribution schemes apply to developments that are facilitated by 'upzoning'. Upzoning is a change of zone to enable residential development or a change of planning controls, for example a floor space ratio that enables greater residential density on the site.

As part of the preparation of the scheme it is necessary to identify areas for future upzoning. Our Byron Shire Residential Strategy, adopted in December 2020, identifies residential investigation areas with potential for future upzoning.

Where are we now? 

Affordable Housing Contribution Scheme planning proposal 

A planning proposal to amend our Byron Local Environmental Plan 2014 for an Affordable Housing Contribution Scheme was submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in late December 2021. 

We are awaiting the Department to approve the planning proposal for community consultation.