Guiding Port Phillip's growth

Port Phillip’s population is growing. As more people choose to call Port Phillip home, housing growth and change will need to be effectively managed in a way that also maintains the city’s liveability, accessibility, and inclusivity. To help us do this, we are developing a new Housing Strategy.

A Housing Strategy is an important local planning document that identifies and plans for the anticipated housing needs of our diverse community, over the next 15 years.

The Port Phillip Housing Strategy will provide guidance on:

  • how much new housing we need;
  • what types of housing we need;
  • where we should locate new housing; and
  • how we maintain and enhance all the things we love about Port Phillip, like its distinct character.

The strategy will eventually inform updated planning policy and planning controls in the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, in line with key State planning policy directions.

Before we start work on the strategy, we want to hear from you. We’d love you to tell us about your values and concerns about housing. Your responses will help develop a draft Discussion Paper that will identify key housing issues and opportunities within Port Phillip.

We want to know about what is important to our community

We are now at our first phase of community engagement for the new Housing Strategy. At this stage, we want to know the community values about housing and areas of concern. We are collecting this information through our Pulse-check survey. This information will inform a Discussion Paper, that will seek to establish the strategic context for how we plan for changing housing needs in Port Phillip and to identify key issues and opportunities to respond to.

Why do we need a Housing Strategy?

  • Council has an obligation under State planning legislation to plan for and manage projected population growth over at least a 15-year period.
  • The current City of Port Phillip Housing Strategy has now expired.
  • The Council Plan 2021-31 includes an initiative under ‘Liveable Port Phillip’ for an updated Housing Strategy.
  • A Housing Strategy is a prerequisite to, and provides necessary strategic justification for place-based strategic planning such as structure planning by determining how much housing should be provided in certain locations.
  • In Our Backyard – Growing Affordable Housing in Port Phillip 2015 - 2025 outlines Council's approach to affordable housing. It is not broad enough, however, to address other housing issues such as growth, diversity, adaptability, quality, sustainability and neighbourhood character. It also did not result in any specific changes to the Planning Scheme.
  • Complete our quick poll on the right hand side
  • Complete our Pulse-check survey below.
  • Come and chat with us at a community conversation - we will be in the following locations:
    • South Melbourne -Market Street outside South Melbourne Central entrance - Friday 30 September - 10am -1pm.
    • St Kilda / St Kilda West -VegOut Farmers Market - Saturday 1 October - 8am – 12pm.
    • Balaclava / East St Kilda - Corner of Carlisle and Nelson Street - Friday 7 October - 3pm – 6pm.
    • Elwood - Elwood Farmers Market 49 Scott Street, Elwood - Saturday 8 October - 8.30am - 1pm.
    • St Kilda Road - Albert Road, outside number 50 - Sunday 9 October - 10am - 1pm.
    • Ripponlea - Glen Eira Rd cnr Quat Quatta Ave - Friday 14 October - 8.30am - 11am.
    • Albert Park / Middle Park - Bridport Street at Dundas Place reserve - Saturday 15 October - 10am - 1pm.
    • Port Melbourne - Waterfront Place near Station Pier - Sunday 16 October - 10am-1pm.