The Barr government will not release any land for new public, community or affordable housing in the urban renewal precinct along the stage one light rail route in 2017-18.
The government's long-awaited housing affordability targets also shows no new public or community housing sites will be released this year for public or community housing in six new suburbs under development.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr, housing minister Yvette Berry and planning minister Mick Gentleman signed off on the targets for the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency this month, more than six months after the two agencies were created.
While Ms Berry in 2014 had spoken out against the government's public housing renewal program, fearing it would push tenants "out of the city", it seems since gaining the housing portfolio, Ms Berry no longer holds her earlier concerns.
"I think many years ago people remember when we weren't as good with the salt and peppering and there were pockets of disadvantage created as a result of that. We don't want that to happen again," she said at the time.
The targets show no new sites will be released for public housing in the urban renewal precinct, Taylor, North Wright, Coombs, Wright, Moncrieff and Throsby.
Similarly, no public housing sites are scheduled for Strathnairn, but five per cent of the 300 dwellings scheduled for release this year there will be for community housing.
Instead, the government has introduced targets ranging from 15 to 25 per cent of those dwellings to be allocated to 'affordable housing' in Taylor, North Wright, Coombs and Strathnairn, but no affordable housing sites in Wright, Moncrieff or Throsby.
The government has also not increased the number of sites available in the urban renewal precinct, including Turner, Braddon and Reid likely due to 14 per cent, 11 per cent and 35 per cent of those areas already allocated to various types of public housing range, respectively.
A single public housing development in Gungahlin town centre will also dominate the final land released there, with a 64 unit proposal representing 85 per cent of all sites in the town centre to be released this year.
In the new suburbs where land is being released this financial year, the targets show the Barr government's agenda skewed heavily towards private housing and new sites for affordable housing.
Of the total 4120 dwellings to be released for development this year, 3590 will be for private residential development, 1490 of which are in the urban renewal precinct across Braddon, Turner, Reid and Red Hill.
Of the remaining 530 dwellings to be released, 353 will be for affordable housing, 89 replacing old stock demolished under the public housing renewal program, 54 dwelling sites for new public housing and just 34 sites for community housing.
It means in 2017-18 of all dwellings scheduled to be released, just 1.3 per cent of sites will be released for new public housing in the ACT and 0.8 per cent will go to new community housing.
A further 2.16 per cent of sites released will help replace demolished public housing, 8.5 per cent will be allocated as 'affordable housing' and 87 per cent will go to new privately developed homes.
The government would likely argue in areas such as the urban renewal precinct, the existing proportion of sites for various types of public housing range between 11 per cent and 14 per cent in Braddon and Turner, respectively.
Comment has been sought from the government.
Daniel Burdon is a reporter for The Canberra Times
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