Tasmania releases draft Residential Development Strategy

TASMANIANS have been invited to have their say on the Tasmanian Government's new blueprint for the future of social and affordable housing.

The draft Tasmanian Residential Development Strategy, which was launched last Friday by Human Services Minister, Cassy O'Connor and State Architect, Peter Poulet, aims to support State and regional settlement strategies and develop a broad vision for the provision of housing in Tasmania.

It was prepared by the Office of the State Architect, with support from Housing Tasmania and the Housing Innovations Unit, on behalf of the Minister.

"Through this strategy, we want to see the creation of affordable, safe, well-designed and environmentally sustainable housing while limiting urban sprawl," Ms O'Connor said.

"We need a uniquely Tasmanian housing system to meet our current and future housing needs and improve our quality of life – a system that's about building sustainable communities, and discourage urban sprawl."

Mr O'Connor said that means a sustainable increase in residential developments which include affordable housing and designs that reduce household utility costs and use less land, water and energy to build and maintain.

She also said it means developments with nearby recreational spaces that are pedestrian and cycle-friendly, with easy and convenient access to services and infrastructure.

According to Ms O'Connor, the four key drivers behind the strategy are to:

  • Meet current and future needs for a diverse housing mix, especially with an aging population, and improve the quality of life by making better connected communities;
  • Design less expensive new dwellings, and reduce recurrent household utility costs;
  • Use less land, water, energy and materials when making new developments and operating them; and
  • Use best practice planning, urban design, architecture and construction.

The Residential Development Strategy can be found at the Tasmanian State Architect's website at <http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/statearchitect> and the consultation period will be open until Friday 2 December 2011.

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