Site Option 1: Saltwater Creek.
Adjacent to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens is 16 Ha of land owned by Byron Shire Council. Council is in process with a developing a partnership policy and SHH hopes to contribute and be involved in this on going process.
Site Option 2: Mullumbimby Hospital
Recently, Byron Shire council were able to attain the disused Mullumbimby Hospital site form the NSW state government. Talks and development options are being discussed with Byron Council and SHH will remain involved.
Site Option 3: Suffolk Park Sewerage Works
This site is between Broken Head Road and the beach north of Suffolk Park. The site has been undergoing rehabilitation works for some time and will be ready soon for optimum usage.
Concept 1: Tiny House Eco-village
SHH is looking at site options to establish a Tiny House Eco-village. This allows a resident to own the dwelling and have a long-term lease on the land on which it sits. This structure is already used in retirement villages and caravan parks. It is possible to make it available to other occupiers with housing needs. Bank finance is also becoming more flexible for these kinds of solutions.
Suitable land should be accessed from either from the Byron Shire Council, NSW state government, State Rail, private landowners or a joint ventures with landowners. The land would be developed with adequate infrastructure and then divided into small blocks (200 M2 approx.). The resident then acquires a long term lease (i.e. 20 -30 years) and builds on the block a suitable dwelling to their own taste and requirements within an appropriate internal development control plan (DCP).
- House size would be limited (90-150 M2)
- Resident is required to fund their own house (as a guide approx. $150,000 – $250,000)
- Owner may be able to sell or bequeath the dwelling to heirs subject to remaining lease terms
- Property will not be able to be used for investment or holiday letting
- Land lease could be structured as paying up front or as a regular payment.
- There will be a weekly community facilities payment. (likely in the region of $90 – 150 Per Week), note this payment may cover or subsidise some living costs, such as power, telecommunications, insurance and transport.
The intention is to create affordable living not just affordable housing.
CONCEPT 2 – Senior Co-housing Cluster Dwellings
This is a concept that will work within the context of a Tiny House Ecovillage or more conventional freehold land, either suburban, urban or rural blocks.
As an example, clusters would include:
- Four to eight small individual units between 25sqm and 45sqm in size; clustered around communal facilities including kitchen, laundry and optionally guest space.
- Individual units would be self-contained similar to a bedsitter or studio apartment including: Bedroom/living space; Limited kitchen facilities; and small bathroom.
These set ups are best designed around groups of people who know each other and are capable of making decisions together.
Residency Options – it is important that all residents of a cluster have equivalent legal rights, the assumption is that each would own a form of unit or share that entitles them to individual residential unit and equal access and responsibility for the communal property.
Alternatively, clusters will be set up as a community of strata title where zoning allows.
In each case we are exploring options that make these properties something that a residential banking loan is suitable for.