Waterloo State Significant Precinct

Housing Diversity & Affordability Study

HillPDA was commissioned by UrbanGrowth NSW to provide a housing diversity and affordability solution for the Waterloo State Significant Precinct (Waterloo SSP). This urban renewal opportunity is being driven through a collaborative approach between Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) as the landowner, UrbanGrowth NSW, the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), the City of Sydney, and Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

Our value add

HillPDA’s Study formed part of the State Significant Precinct Planning Process, which included:

  • A housing needs analysis for the precinct to identify the appropriate mix of dwelling types, tenures, sizes and price-points necessary to support a diverse, healthy and socially sustainable community
  • Demonstrating how the proposed planning controls will support the achievement of housing and tenure objectives
  • Considering how social housing in the precinct is to be replaced and identify guiding principles and / or potential options for the appropriate distribution throughout the precinct to ensure positive social outcomes
  • Identifying and assessing the range of mechanisms/models available to maximise affordable housing, noting the minimum target of 5% – 10% of new floorspace referenced in the draft Eastern City District Plan, or any greater target if NSW government policy changes.

More specifically HillPDA’s Study:

  • Provided an understanding of the current issues relating to housing availability, affordability and diversity in the Waterloo SSP and surrounding area
  • Identified and analysed housing need as well as key issues that need to be addressed
  • Provided a housing and diversity strategy, in a balanced way that responds to housing need for the Waterloo SSP
  • Provided initiatives and mechanisms that can be implemented in the context of local and NSW Governments, and how LAHC as landowner, UrbanGrowth NSW and the CoS can implement those initiatives and mechanisms to achieve the best outcomes.


  • Policy analysis
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Market Demand and Supply Analysis
  • Housing Affordability Modelling

Client: UrbanGrowth NSW
Project date: 2017 – 2018


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