Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) manager of future communities Andrew Spicer said early work on the strategy has shown the local government what options are possible, so now it's time for the community to have its say on which options should be made a priority.
"We've got statistics from the ABS and things like that, but the community provide us with the real insight, the stories of how they're living, and that's how we get some really good information for the housing strategy we can't get anywhere else," Mr Spicer said.
"In one day we've gotten nearly 60 responses already, and it's out there for a month. Folks can also always come into the office to talk to us, or write to council, send an email, whatever they'd like."
The housing survey opened on November 14 and will close on December 12, 2023.
"We're looking at doing increased density in those areas, and also inside the established areas in the city. Trying to get the most benefit out of the infrastructure that's already in the ground is a big push," Mr Spicer said.
"Social housing is really important and there are questions in the survey about that, and what people think about that located in various parts of town," Mr Spicer said.
TRC is also working with Crown Lands and the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council to free up parcels of land near the city's hospital for social housing, but the planning manager said doing so is "not a straightforward process" and that it could take a long time to come to fruition.
"The Arcadia housing development has gone through quite a lot of process, it's zoned now and has development controls on it, and there is a development application lodged for about 900 dwellings, so it is well underway," Mr Spicer said.
With so many developments on the cards for the city's future, Mr Spicer said it's vital for as many members of the community as possible to have their say on future housing needs by taking the survey on the TRC website.
After community input closes on Friday, December 15, council staff will incorporate feedback into the Draft Tamworth Regional Housing Strategy, which will likely be placed on public exhibition next year.
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