'Everything's good': Icely Road's affordable housing units in the home straight

THE fate of a 10-unit affordable housing development will be decided on Tuesday night.

The $2.2 million development, proposed for Icely Road, features a mix of one and two-bedroom, single-storey units and a common property lot with four visitor parking spaces.

Housing Plus, a non-government agency that administers the federal government’s rental affordability scheme, originally put the development forward as affordable housing.

However, the report stated the policy did not apply because the development is further than 400 metres from commercial land.

The development features a narrow street frontage, with only a driveway separating the two neighbouring houses.

The frontage led to resident concerns about traffic, noise, garbage collection and privacy.

Residents also claimed the development was too dense for the surrounding neighbourhood.

The report from council staff said the width of the driveway did not comply with development control plan requirements, however there would be “satisfactory access” providing no landscaping was included - the subdivision was approved in 2004 as a likely medium-density housing site.

It also introduced requirements for higher fencing and window relocation to address privacy concerns, while a service agreement with a waste contractor would be required to collect rubbish on site.

The report recommended approval, however councillors will meet to make a decision tonight.

Councillor Ron Gander previously expressed his concerns for the need for residents to park on the street, but said he was now satisfied following a meeting and site inspection with Housing Plus.

“Before, there was one unit without a garage, but now every unit has a garage and there’s sufficient visitor spaces - everything’s good,” he said.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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