The City of Melbourne is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia.
Our residential population has doubled to more than 116,000 people since 2001. By 2021, it is expected to grow to more than 150,000 people and almost 200,000 by 2031. We need to accommodate and plan for this growth.
We know that housing plays a big part in the health and quality of life of our residents, our communities and our economy. It is also one of the biggest and most complex issues faced by cities today and Melbourne is no exception.
Homes for People outlines three main goals:
- to provide more affordable homes for low and moderate income earners,
- improve design and environmental standards of new apartments, and
- ensure the community is equipped with the knowledge and information they need about good quality housing.
The draft strategy has been informed by conversations with the community in 2013 when we released the Future Living discussion paper and a second phase of community engagement which took place in mid- 2014 when a draft strategy was released. The final Homes for People housing strategy was adopted at a Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) on Tuesday 9 December 2014, after some changes were made to the final strategy.
The strategy looks at ways we can improve the affordability and design of housing to meet the diverse needs of our residents.