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Maitland council hoping to alleviate housing woes

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As the region grapples with sky-rocketing rents and a housing shortage, Maitland City Council is taking a proactive approach to alleviate the woes somewhat.

In response to mounting pressures on rural lands, population growth and demographic changes in the LGA, council this week released two proposals to combat the issues.

Following a unanimous decision by councillors at Tuesday night’s meeting, draft plans – entitled the Rural Land Strategy and the Local Housing Strategy – were placed on public exhibition.

For council’s manager strategic planning Andrew Neil, the approach strikes a pragmatic balance between sustainable growth and conservation.

“This work is the outcome of years of consultation with the community over a number of different projects and plans,” he said.

“We know people love Maitland for its character and liveability.

“But, we’re also aware that’s why so many others want to build and move here each year.

“We hope these plans balance the preservation of what makes our city Maitland and sustainable growth into the future.”

A report from Shelter NSW earlier this year ranked LGAs via the amount of people on the social housing wait list, the proportion of social housing stock, along with those experiencing rental and mortgage stress.

While Cessnock was rated third highest, Maitland sat in seventh spot.

The Rural Land Strategy will guide how council responds to the burdens on rural land while increasing economic opportunity and protecting the natural, ecological and scenic quality of the area.

The Local Housing Strategy is set to respond to the growing and changing population by looking at what types of future housing will be needed, where it can be best located and how Maitland City can deliver better outcomes.

To see the summarised versions, full documents or to have your say, visit maitland.nsw.gov.au/draft-maitland-RLS-LHS before exhibition closes on Friday 28 October.

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