Strategy Adopted

Thank you for your feedback on our Draft Local Housing Strategy. It was adopted by Council on Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Best described as a large scale research project, the LHS analyses in detail the local issues of affordability, diversity and seniors’ housing. The LHS also explains how crucial it is for the City of Melville to follow its strategy of concentrating housing density around activity centres and transport routes/hubs while leaving quiet suburban areas relatively unchanged.

Other LHS topics include:

  • The results of the 2016 Housing Needs Survey
  • Demographic analysis of every suburb
  • Housing mix analysis for every suburb
  • Environmentally sensitive housing design
  • Multiple dwelling (apartment) building issue analysis

We’re proud of our LHS and we’re excited about the future of Melville!

You can view the LHS here.

Please get in touch with Will Schaefer, Strategic Urban Planner, on 9364 0642 or should you have any query.

Local Housing Strategy

We're preparing a Local Housing Strategy. A Local Housing Strategy helps us plan for a better mix of housing. The data we gather will help us make decisions about where to start and what's most important.

Please note the formal comment period for this project has closed.

The next steps involve processing all your feedback and amending the draft. Then we report to Council. The report will cover all the comments we received during the feedback period. We expect to put the Local Housing Strategy to Council by the middle of 2018.

When we’re done we’ll have a clearer idea of things like:

  • What sort of housing would our seniors prefer?
  • How can we reduce the cost of housing for our young people?
  • How many of us need larger homes?
  • What types of housing do we need more of?

Of course, there are some things the Local Housing Strategy can't do. Key points include:

  • Most development will be around activity centres and transport routes. That means we won’t change the housing densities of our suburbs much
  • Local Housing Strategies just make recommendations. They're not plans or controls like Local Planning Schemes
  • The City can’t directly provide any housing or subsidies

While the comment period is now closed, you’re very welcome to get in touch if you have any questions about the project. Ring the Strategic Urban Planning Team on 9364 0666 or email We also have a detailed FAQs sheet, which you can download from this page.

Thanks for your interest in the Local Housing Strategy. Have a great day!

Have your say

What do you think of the draft Local Housing Strategy? Required

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Local Housing Strategy FAQs

Housing Needs Survey

About the survey

To help us get a clear snapshot of our community's housing needs, we asked you to complete a short online Housing Needs Survey in September and October 2016. We've had a fantastic response from the community, with over 3,600 residents responding to the survey.

We have analysed the data received and here's a snapshot of what we found out:

  • Every age group values living in quiet areas
  • People 45+ are less interested in home with big gardens
  • Older people and also 18 to 24 year olds are more supportive of affordable homes in their areas
  • Older people are less accepting of 2 or 3-storey townhouses in their area
  • All age groups value living close to the shops

A summary report of the Housing Needs Survey can viewed here.

Housing Needs Survey FAQs

Why are you doing this survey?

We’re preparing a Local Housing Strategy. A Local Housing Strategy helps us plan for a better mix of housing. The data we gather will help us make decisions about where to start and what’s most important.

What happens to the survey data?

Feedback from the survey will be discussed in the Local Housing Strategy and presented to Council. The data will be broken down by suburb and presented in graphs and tables. Nothing in the strategy will link individual responses to addresses or names.

Do I have to provide my full name and contact details?

No. We need to ask you this information in order to ensure that the prize goes to the correct recipient. If you choose not to provide your name or contact details you simply won't go in the prize draw to win your choice of Bunnings and/or House vouchers up to $2,000.

Why don’t you use the Census data?

The Census data is good for telling us about the housing mix in each suburb, but it tells us nothing about how you feel or what you think about your own housing, or the housing in your area. We will do a much better job of planning for the right housing mix if we have a special survey.

Do I have to do the survey online?

No, we have hard copies of the survey at all our libraries and community centres, and at the Civic Centre. You’re also welcome to ask for a survey to be sent to you – contact the City’s Strategic Urban Planner, Will Schaefer, on (08) 9364 0642 or Just make sure we get the completed survey back by 5pm on Friday 14 October 2016.

Are my survey responses secure?

The Housing Needs Survey is administered through the Survey Monkey system. Your browsing session is SSL encrypted and Survey Monkey uses some of the most advanced technology for Internet security that is commercially available today.

For more information see Survey Monkey's Security Statement.

At the conclusion of the survey, the City of Melville will collect and store the survey data on its own own systems. The City of Melville is committed to keeping secure the data you provide us. To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect from you.

You can read more about our Privacy Policy.

Prize draw winner interview

Hear what Bicton resident Helen Davis had to say after winning the $2000 prize for completing the City of Melville Housing Needs Survey below.