Project News

24 January 2019

Waterloo's Preferred Masterplan

The NSW Government has unveiled the preferred masterplan for the Waterloo precinct after months of ...

19 December 2018

Telopea Precinct Rezoned by the NSW Government

The Telopea Precinct has been rezoned by the Department of Planning and Environment.

26 October 2018

Strong market interest in Australia's first mixed Build-to-Rent development

The NSW Government has announced the conclusion of the competitive tender process.

26 September 2018

One step closer to revitalised communities

Communities Plus sites at Telopea, Arncliffe and Villawood are now one step closer to being ...

12 September 2018

Wollongong EOI now open

The NSW Government has released an invitation for Expressions of Interest for redevelopment of Land and ...

Industry Briefing

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.

Future Directions Brochure

Project Maps

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 will be developed into an integrated community of around 3000 to 3500 homes including over 950 social housing units and 128 affordable rental units over the next 10 to 12 years.

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The Telopea Precinct has now been rezoned by the Department of Planning and Environment, following a public exhibition in October and November 2017.

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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 social housing and more affordable and private housing. The redevelopment also includes the area above and around the new metro station.

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The first stage of redevelopment at Riverwood, Washington Park is complete 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) exhibited plans to rezone and revitalise these communities and transform sections of the Princes Highway into a tree-lined boulevard.

The Arncliffe and Banksia Precincts have now been rezoned to implement the Bayside West Precincts 2036 Plan.

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Communities Plus to pilot new housing delivery model

On 6 July 2018, the NSW Minister for Social Housing, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, announced an innovative strategy for Communities Plus, with the introduction of a Build-to-Rent model to be used for 600 Elizabeth St, Redfern to deliver more social, affordable and private housing.

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Expressions of Interest (EOI) for redevelopment of Land and Housing Corporation's site at Kamira Court, Villawood closed in July 2018.

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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.

Release 1

EOI Closed

Key Milestones

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