Demonstration Housing

The Project

Increased housing choice is an integral part of the ACT Government's priority of urban renewal that creates viable, safe and attractive communities. This project aims to showcase how we can deliver a compact and active city through innovative planning, design and delivery.

The Demonstration Housing Project responds to an ACT Legislative Assembly resolution passed in June 2017 which called on the ACT Government to engage with the community and industry stakeholders on how to best deliver a housing demonstration project that delivers best practice environmental performance, including:

  • Excellence in design quality;
  • Carbon neutral buildings;
  • Medium density infill;
  • Innovative planning and engagement approaches;
  • Innovative housing products and typologies;
  • Close partnership with industry bodies; and options for public and affordable housing.

The project also responds to the recommendations from the Housing Choices Collaboration Hub. The Collaboration Hub members helped to develop the assessment criteria for the Demonstration Housing proposals.

Proposals

The ACT Government is running a process seeking interested parties to deliver demonstration housing. This first round of successful proposals are for projects that have a designated site to build on. The second round of successful proposals will be for projects without a site and will be announced in mid-2019 once suitable territory land has been identified. This land will be sold to proponents at market value.

Successful Proposals with sites

Six proposals with sites have been selected to participate in the Demonstration Housing project, with a possibility of up to three more proposals to be selected pending the outcome of an ongoing evaluation process. These proposals showcase a range of housing types and models including co-housing, micro terraces, compact units and affordable housing. These projects aim to deliver innovation in delivery, tenure and building typology in Canberra's suburbs.

Proposals come from a range of applicants including individuals, architects, developers, and community and social housing providers.  View the summary of successful demonstration housing ‘with a site’ proposals.

These proposals already have a site:

Proponent Housing Type Suburb location
Architect Terrace and micro terraces Forrest
Individual Compact housing and aging in place Weston
Individual Demonstration of a manor house Griffith
Community Housing Medium density infill, affordable housing units Lyneham
Architect Aging in place townhouses. Chifley
Co-housing Tri occupancy with communal areas Ainslie

Proposals without sites

Seven proposals have requested assistance from the ACT Government to find a site. Sites that are offered to proponents will be sold at full market value. These proposals are:

Proponent Housing Type
Developer Urban village
Developer Micro apartments with affordable rental and housing.
Developer Build to rent development model
Organisation Co-housing
Organisation Co-housing
Community Housing Provider Community Housing
Architect Sustainable Units with affordable dwellings

Timeline

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest

The application process for the project is being run in two stages. The first stage, an Expression of Interest (EOI), closed in May 2018 and assessed the market interest, capability, qualifications and experience of applicants. Their proposals had to meet the Demonstration Housing Project’s objectives specified by the Legislative Assembly. Applicants included architects, designers, planners, developers, community and social housing providers, builders, community organisations and individuals.

The EOI received 27 proposals, of which 20 were selected to progress to the next stage of the process.

Stage 2 – Request for Proposal

The second stage of the process is a Request for Proposal (RFP), which requires further detail on the Demonstration Housing concept and financial capacity. It also asked for further refined plans, and a stakeholder and community engagement strategy for the proposal.

The Housing Choices Collaboration Hub assisted in the development of the second stage RFP evaluation criteria – specifically: improving building quality; preserving the garden city character; retaining trees and vegetation to mitigate heat island effect; and encouraging universal design.

There are two types of proposals – those who have a site and those who are requesting to purchase a site from the Territory.

Projects with a site

Successful stage one proponents were sent a Request for Proposal in early September 2018, and an information session about the RFP was held on 13 September 2018 for all proponents. The RFP closed on Monday 28 January 2019 and six proposals were selected to participate in the Demonstration Housing project, with a possibility of up to three more proposals to be selected pending the outcome of an ongoing evaluation process.

Projects without a site

EPSDD is working with successful stage one proponents without a site to identify suitable Territory land that may be sold at market value if they are successful in the Stage 2 RFT. These successful projects will be announced in mid-2019.

All successful Stage 2 Proposals will be required to present their project to the National Capital Design Review Panel (NCDRP) and receive endorsement from the panel prior to submitting a Development Application.

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More information

Business unit: Strategic Projects and Infrastructure
Phone: 02 6207 1923
Email: DemonstrationHousing@act.gov.au

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