47,000 New Homes Under Government Plan For Knox

Knox could have 47,000 new homes by 2051 under statewide housing targets set by the state government. There are currently about 63,000 homes in Knox.

Knox Mayor, Councillor Jude Dwight said Council is currently developing our own housing strategy that sets out our plan for managing housing growth and development to respond to the current and future housing needs of our community.

“Council recognises the need for more housing to accommodate our growing population,” she said. “A scaled approach is needed with more change in some parts of Knox and limited change in other areas to protect our green and leafy character and areas of environmental significance.

“While we know our population is expanding and we welcome people to our municipality, this will inevitably put more demands on our natural assets and the services and facilities that Council provides.

“Growth will put pressure on our transport network, drainage and other infrastructure, open spaces, schools, and health and community services.

“We need to ensure that the planned rate of growth does not result in negative impacts for our community.”

The Department of Transport and Planning has released draft targets for all of Victoria’s 79 councils on where future homes should be built. The targets form part of the government’s plan for Victoria to boost housing stock by 2.24 million homes by 2051 across the state.

Knox residents can have their say on the government’s targets until the end of August.

Cr Dwight urged residents to get involved to ensure our community’s voice is heard during consultation.

“Council will be making a submission on the government’s plan for Victoria and the most recent housing targets they have set for Knox,” she said.

“While we understand the government’s rationale for setting housing targets, we are yet to know how they have arrived at the targets proposed for Knox.”

The government is calling for submissions on the housing targets from 1 July to 30 August.

Knox residents can have their say on the government’s plan for Victoria or learn more about the draft housing targets at engage.vic.gov.au/shape-our-victoria

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