LISMORE City Council's Draft Housing Strategy is now on public exhibition following 12 months of consultation and research.
The council's strategic planner, Paula Newman, said the aim of the strategy was to identify ways to improve housing opportunities for Lismore.
"Through this process we have identified that Lismore needs more housing, both for purchase and rent, and we need housing that is more affordable for low and moderate income earners," Ms Newman said
"We also developed a clear understanding that Lismore needs more diverse forms of smaller housing options, such as units and 1-2 bedroom houses, to meet the changing needs of the community, especially as we have an ageing population.
"There is also a shortage of community housing for those who need support to access housing - such as people with a mental illness.
"The draft strategy includes an action plan that identifies these issues cannot be tackled by (Lismore City Council) alone, and that we will need to work in partnership with other organisations such as housing providers, the development and real estate industry, and the broader community to address future housing needs."
The Draft Housing Strategy will be on exhibition from Thursday, May 17 until Monday, June 18 at the council's offices in Oliver Avenue , Goonellabah and in the CBD, at 55 Magellan Street, Lismore.
Any comments received during the exhibition period, and any recommended changes proposed as a result of that feedback, will be reported to the council for further consideration prior to the adoption of the final Lismore Housing Strategy.
For more information please phone the council on 1300 878 387 or download the housing strategy factsheet here.