Council is continuing to actively support the provision of new housing across the Lismore LGA.
This includes rezoning land for housing development, implementing the Housing Strategy Action Plan, facilitating strong partnerships with developers and housing providers, and providing advice to encourage the development of a range of housing types close to community services and facilities.
In March 2023, Lismore replaced its 2012 Housing Strategy with the Affordable & Diverse Housing Strategy(PDF, 6MB).
The main aim of this strategy is to provide a roadmap for the Council to encourage more affordable and medium-density housing in the urban areas of Lismore. The strategy emphasises the need to align the location of new housing with jobs, infrastructure, and services. To achieve this, the strategy outlines three strategic principles and several specific actions that the Council will undertake over the next decade.
The LEP 2012 gives individuals in urban and village areas the opportunity to develop secondary dwellings, e.g. small self-contained dwellings.
For general information and FAQS on secondary dwellings, refer to the Secondary Dwellings brochure.(PDF, 1MB)
Please also find a Statement of Environmental Effects for Secondary Dwellings(PDF, 162KB) that can be completed and returned to Council.
The LEP 2012 permits the construction of a detached dual occupancy on rural land to provide housing options for older and younger people and as farm worker accommodation or income source for farmers.
The second dwelling must be within 100m of the main house, utilize existing access from a public road, not impede agricultural activities, and not harm rural environmental character.
For more information, consult our Fact Sheet - Rural Detached Dual Occupancy.(PDF, 101KB)
Council is promoting shop top housing in the Lismore CBD to revitalize the area and improve safety.
Obstacles for owners have been addressed by waiving car parking requirements, offering discounts on infrastructure contributions, and assisting with fire safety regulations. For more information, refer to our Shop Top Housing Brochure(PDF, 3MB).