Registered housing agencies build high-quality, architecturally designed residential developments. New properties are built to the highest possible environmental standards (7 Star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme or NatHERS rating).
As described below, the design requirements for housing developed as part of Victoria’s Big Housing Build are more stringent than many private developments. The unique environmental, social and heritage values of the neighbourhood will be considered.
Additionally, while we don’t know exactly what the housing will look like and how many people it will house, community members will get a say through two phases of community engagement.
The first phase of community engagement will include a ‘Design-In’. A Design-In is a deliberative workshop that brings together all users of multi-purpose spaces to hear concerns and work through them as a group. The Design In will establish key principles for the development and will inform a subsequent phase of community engagement – a community co-design process to create the design concept for the development.
The co-design process will begin in March 2023 after the Expression of Interest process, conducted from December 2022 to February 2023, has identified a preferred registered housing agency.
The co-design process will bring together architects from the registered housing agency and a community advisory group of ten community members with technical and lived experience expertise.
The co-design process will consider the findings of the Design In and generate design and programming solutions to issues relating to the site, built form, public open space interface with the community garden and Fraser Walk, etc.
Expressions of interest for joining the community advisory group are open now until 4 November.