Willoughby LEP 2012

The Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 (WLEP 2012) was made on 31 January 2013 in accordance with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s Standard Instrument Order 2006.  WLEP 2012 provides the statutory framework for all planning within the area, development and building within the area. The LEP is made up of a written instrument and maps. This document allocates land for specific purposes through zoning and development controls.

The WLEP 2012 also contains provisions to conserve local heritage and protect sensitive land.

Amendments to the Plan are made by an amending LEP through a Planning Proposal. These must be formally made by the Minister for Planning before being published on the on the NSW legislation website.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is housing that is rented to people on low to moderate incomes. Council has been implementing its affordable housing program since 1999. The purpose of the affordable housing program is to maintain diversity and social mix of the community and retain a workforce that can undertake service industries that are essential to the Chatswood and St Leonards Business Districts and industrial areas. Affordable housing is open to a broader range of incomes than traditional public social housing and is managed more like a private rental property. 

The implementation of Council’s affordable housing policy is consistent with the Willoughby City Strategy outcome to “plan for housing choice” and the strategy to “facilitate, advocate and provide for affordable housing”.

Before resolving to rezone land, Council considers the inclusion of the subject land as an Affordable Housing Precinct. The broad Council policy document, Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 Clause 6.8 currently identifies a number of sites where affordable housing is required (indicated as Area 3 on the Special Provisions Area Map) to be provided when the site is redeveloped. The more detailed planning document, Willoughby Development Control Plan sets out the detail of Council’s affordable housing policy and requirements. There have been a number of dwellings and cash contributions (to be used by Council for affordable housing) provided since the inception of the program.

The affordable housing units are rented to people on low to moderate incomes at rents that do not exceed 30% of their income and are managed by a local community housing provider (Link Housing). 

The State Government also promotes the development of affordable housing through the State Environmental Planning Policy- Affordable Rental Housing.

The Australian Government also invest in affordable housing through the National Rental Affordability Scheme.