In November 2018, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (the Department) released their proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 (SEPP 70). These proposed changes amend the Department’s SEPP on affordable housing. Of the series of changes listed by the Department, the critical changes that affect residents in Western Sydney are those that relate to the inclusion of all NSW councils into SEPP 70 and the provision of affordable housing to very-low, low- and moderate-income households.
SEPP 70 provides many opportunities for people working and living in Greater Sydney to continue to reside in the area. Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) supports the Department’s changes to include all councils in NSW in SEPP 70 and anticipates that the Department will continue to work in collaboration with communities, local councils, peak organisations, and other state departments.