Future Directions Brochure

Project News

31 March 2017

Major Project: Telopea

Telopea Masterplan endorsed.

28 March 2017

Neighbourhood Projects: Release 3

EOI opened 28 March 2017

06 March 2017

Major Project: Riverwood community gets involved in Masterplanning

Over 75 residents provided their valuable insights into the Riverwood masterplanning process at first two drop-in sessions held at the ...

Communities Plus is delivering Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW

More social housing
A better social housing experience
More opportunities and support for social housing tenants
  • Deliver more housing and a better social housing experience, with more opportunities and incentives to avoid or move beyond social housing.
  • Develop new mixed communities where social housing blends in with private and affordable housing, with better access to transport and employment, improved community facilities and open spaces.
  • Partner with the private and not for profit sectors to fast track the redevelopment of sites in metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW.

The NSW Government’s Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW (Future Directions) strategy provides the blueprint for the Land and Housing Corporation’s (LAHC) role to support the State’s social housing system. Under the strategy, LAHC will deliver the Communities Plus program, one of the Government’s key initiatives to grow the social housing portfolio. The program will deliver up to 23,000 new and replacement social housing dwellings, 500 affordable housing dwellings and up to 40,000 private dwellings. Offering an innovative approach to social housing growth, Communities Plus is based on an asset management framework that leverages the value of the existing portfolio to accelerate supply. Communities Plus will redevelop LAHC land by engaging private sector developers and community housing providers (CHPs) to design, fund and build social, affordable and private housing. As each development is completed, new social housing properties are handed over to LAHC as payment for the land, making the program entirely self funding. Additionally, CHPs will be responsible for managing the social housing properties and owning and managing the affordable housing component.

Building partnerships

To facilitate this, LAHC is currently working with a number of NSW Government agencies and the private sector to progress projects that will meet social housing objectives and maximise return to government. The program’s market sounding process sought industry feedback on a range of innovative commercial structures to deliver the program and support the desired social outcomes. LAHC is engaging CHPs early to make sure that proposed developments are designed to meet tenant requirements in terms of suitability and function. Work is also underway with the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver Communities Plus mixed tenure sites including Glendale, north of Newcastle, and Corrimal near Wollongong; and sourcing opportunities for NGO involvement in smaller-scale neighbourhood sites.

Maximising the planning environment

LAHC is working with the Department of Planning and Environment, local Councils, Transport for NSW and other Government agencies to maximise planning outcomes for Communities Plus projects. Currently many of LAHC’s possible development sites are subject to zoning allocations based on historical land use, rather than reflecting the density uplift and floor space ratios of surrounding developments. With such apparent inconsistencies, LAHC will be well positioned to negotiate with local planning authorities to adapt planning controls to support maximising the development potential of Communities Plus sites.


The Ivanhoe Estate is a unique redevelopment opportunity located in the established suburb of Macquarie Park. The estate has been rezoned as part of the Macquarie University Station Priority Precinct in proximity to public transport, education, employment and retail amenities.

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The new masterplan for Telopea has been finalised and the rezoning process will continue through 2017. The masterplan was started shortly after the Government’s announcement that the Parramatta Light Rail preferred network would include a route between Parramatta CBD and Carlingford via Telopea.

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Following the NSW Government’s announcement of the new Waterloo Metro Station, the Waterloo social housing estate will be redeveloped with new and more social housing, integrated with affordable and private housing.

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The first stage of redevelopment at Riverwood (Washington Park) is nearing completion and has delivered social housing mixed with private housing in a model that has created a better place for all residents.

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The site is located in the Bayside West Precinct of Arncliffe, Banksia and Cooks Cove. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) recently exhibited plans to rezone and revitalise these communities and transform sections of the Princes Highway into a tree-lined boulevard.

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Neighbourhood Projects

The Neighbourhood Renewal Project, part of the Communities Plus Program, offers viable development projects on a regular basis to private sector developers and not-for-profit community housing providers.

The sites range in development potential from approximately 20 – 300 residential dwellings with opportunities for Project Delivery Agreements on the larger sites and for LAHC pre-sales on the smaller sites.

Next Opportunity: Release 3 EOI opened 28 March 2017.

Please refer to Release 3 to express your interest via the live e-tender links.

Release 1

EOI Closed 16 February 2016

Key Milestones

Waterloo: Stakeholder engagement
Riverwood: Community consultation
Waterloo Capacity Building
Waterloo: Start of masterplanning and community engagement
Riverwood: State Significant Precinct Study submitted
Ivanhoe: Successful proponent announced
Waterloo: Refining of masterplan
Riverwood: DPE exhibition of SSP submission
Waterloo: Formal lodgement of masterplan & statutory exhibition