Housing Affordability Initiatives

North Coast Community Housing Project, Station Street Mullumbimby

Byron Shire Council is selling vacant Council land in Station Street, Mullumbimby to North Coast Community Housing who will deliver a mix of housing options to meet the needs of our community.

Plans for the 3200m2 property include the development of 25 x one-bedroom units, with a mix of affordable housing and market value housing.

Six of the units will be managed by North Coast Community Housing and set aside for affordable community housing.

Read our media release for more information.

Lot 22 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby

Council is proposing to rezone and reclassify, from community land to operational land, part of Council-owned Lot 22 DP 1073165, Stuart Street, Mullumbimby to provide for additional residential development.

Provisions to encourage diverse and affordable housing on key sites will be included in Council's planning controls.

A draft Planning Proposal has been granted gateway determination by the Department of Planning and Environment with a submissions report of its exhibition reported to Council at the 11 April 2019 Planning Meeting. Council resolved to prepare a further flood study and a structure plan for Lot 22 and the three surrounding properties that make up the Mullumbimby Accessible Housing Area and to consider the future of the Planning Proposal once the studies have been completed. 

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Expressions of Interest for Affordable Housing

In 2017 Council called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to invite landowners to submit affordable housing proposals for land in Byron Shire.

Council considered the private land EOIs and resolved to proceed with some EOIs. Any further work to establish their feasibility will be in line with Council's adopted Supporting Partnerships Policy. The draft Residential Strategy provides further guidance for sites in Mullumbimby and Bangalow.

Council considered EOIs received on council-owned or managed land and resolved to progress work to confirm the feasibility of land in Federal. Another report will be presented to Council on the site's potential and staff will meet with the Federal community to hear their views.

A number of EOIs were received for land at The Saddle Road, Brunswick Heads. Council resolved these EOIs be further assessed and reported to Council along with any other resolutions relating to the land. Council resolved that the Saddle Road Planning Proposal not proceed at the August meeting and that individual site proposals from the Saddle Road precinct be invited for further assessment as part of the Accessible Housing project. 

Residential Strategy housing affordability measures

Council resolved to include a range of measures in the draft Residential Strategy to address housing affordability:

  • Model controls that require affordable housing to be included in developments i.e. a bonus provision requirement to deliver a percentage of affordable housing in a development.
  • Development controls and reduced contributions or other incentives that may boost construction of secondary dwellings as affordable housing but ensuring regulatory controls are consistent with the provision of affordable housing.
  • Promoting new caravan parks and manufactured home estates on unconstrained land in existing settlements and new land release areas in urban growth areas.
  • Provide for greater mixed-use zones to enable a range of land uses, including residential, commercial and industrial, to be co-located in a way that support sustainable forms of transport such as public transport, walking, cycling and increased neighbourhood amenity. Such zones will incorporate a mix of housing types and affordability suitable to a diversity of needs; 

Our Housing Challenge: Local Communities: Local Solutions:  Byron Perspective - 10 May 2019

Three of Australia’s experts in the field of affordable and social housing headlined the Council forum Our Housing Challenge:  Local Communities, Local Solutions – a Byron Perspective held on the 10 May 2019 in Byron Bay.

Peter Mares (author of No Place Like Home:  Repairing Australia’s housing crisis), Tim Riley (Founder – Property Collectives) and Dr Kathleen Flanagan (Deputy Director of Housing and Community Research, University of Tasmania) addressed the forum providing their insight into housing affordability.

The Forum was recorded by BayFM. To listen to the presentations click on the link below.

Listen to Our Housing Challenge


Housing Charrette, November 2018

To agree on policy directions for delivering land and housing for a sustainable future, we held a charrette with community representatives and State Government agencies. The findings of the charrette(PDF, 472KB) helped inform the draft Residential Strategy. 

Byron Housing Roundtable, 5 July 2018

Council convened the Byron Housing Roundtable as a followup to the successful Byron Housing Summit held in 2017. The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss where Byron Shire is now 18 months on from the Summit, and where does it need to be to further support and deliver affordable housing outcomes for the community.

The Roundtable was arranged around themes to look at the following areas:  

  • Housing types and models
  • Tenure types and security
  • Planning enablers and barriers
  • Finance and investment models

 We continue to progress work on the four key actions agreed on the day to address housing needs in the Shire:

  1. Legal / governance - Structures
  2. Development opportunities
  3. Planning/policy reforms
  4. Communication/education 


Housing Summit, 10 February 2017

Byron Shire is a prosperous area for some, but there are people who are at risk of homelessness or looking at a future that does not include home ownership. This summit was designed to shine the spotlight on the unique challenges in the affordable housing sector.

The Housing Summit bought together stakeholders from government, housing providers, private industry and community to look at current policies, development practices and programs for housing and to look at what could be done differently to improve the availability and supply of housing in Byron.

See the Storyboard Sketches(PDF, 8MB) for an overview of the Housing Summit topics.


    by Prof Hal Pawson (Associate Director, City Futures) 

     by Adam Bennett-Smith (Director, Koho)

    by John McKenna (CEO, North Coast Community Housing) 

    by Hanna Ebling (Social Enterprise Finance Australia) 

     by Barbara Squires (Director, Barbara Squires Consulting)

     by Graham Marshal & Mike Myers (National Affordable Housing Consortium)

     Watch the presentation by Kelvin Daly (Bruns Eco Village) 

     Watch the presentation by Gary White (NSW Government) 

     Watch the presentation by Wendy Hayhurst (NSW Federation of Housing Associations)

     by Jessie Hochberg - Nightingale

For more information read the Housing Summit issues action plan Report 13.16 presented to Council on 22 June 2017, resulting in Resolution 17-260.