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Friday, 10 November 2017

Proposed changes to planning rules for seniors’ housing will provide local communities certainty on new developments and prevent their incremental growth in unsuitable locations.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the proposed changes were in response to community concerns.

“These proposed changes will ensure that the unique character of the rural space around Sydney is not undermined and senior’s housing is built in suitable locations,” Mr Roberts said.

“While current rules for seniors housing on the edge of urban areas are helping us to deliver more housing to meet the growing demand for seniors living, it’s important that we provide local communities with clarity about what development will be allowed.”

Mr Roberts explained that under current legislation, seniors’ development could occur on land adjoining areas zoned urban by applying for a site compatibility certificate (SSC).

“In some instances, developers have applied to increase the size of their developments by applying to add more land to their development through additional site compatibility certificates.

“The proposed change in the legislation will prevent this incremental creep occurring, and offer communities certainty that no further development will be approved unless that land also meets specific criteria”.

The community is invited to have its say on the proposed changes, which is on exhibition until 24 November.  To make a submission or for more information, visit

Media: Norm Lipson 0429 081 428