This application is up for public comment, through Vincent, I found it interesting. While we try and massage 2, 3 or 4 dwellings onto our regular sized suburban blocks, this developer is applying for 16 on 500sqm! http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/Your_Community/Whats_on_in_Vincent/Community_Consultation/Planning_Applications/2015/2015-June/No_189_Lot_104_Charles_Street Seems easy enough. Just build up 6 levels, then bury another 3 levels underground for carparking with a lift. Wash dirt off hands. Done. /end sarcasm. It interests me how larger developments expect (and many times get approved) to go way over compliance on items such as permitted number of levels, plot ratio, open space site coverage, overshadowing. Whats got me thinking is at the moment I am have ‘intense discussions’ with council regarding my two story application for being 1.4% over on overshadowing (5 square metres) when the majority of overshadowing is against the southern neighbour’s 12mx4m parapet wall. Seems odd that so much effort has to be put into some applications meeting compliance issues to the last %, whereas some applications to council blow those compliance regulations out of the water. Yes the site is on the major tributary of Charles St and the zoning suggests med>high density, but it is also adjacent to many single level homes. Would be interested to hear from those in the know on what basis these types of applications are assessed, as clearly it isnt the same as ‘Joe public’ smaller multi-unit development applications. I have heard Aaron Sice reference ‘requesting design excellence’ (specific to Vincent) before and have done some reading on this, are there other commonly used methods for justification of exceeding compliance on such a large scale? Is it more a matter of getting into Council/DAPs heads that the development being proposed is the correct type of building for that specific site? I assume this involves more than a cursory phone call to council planners, I expect there would have been almost a ‘pre-application’ drawn up and many formal meetings with council planning to gauge their appetite for such a building on the site. Am interested to learn more on the assessment of developments that greatly exceed compliance to the R-Codes, plus what measures the developer can take to reduce the risk of having such a technically non-compliant application declined when acquiring the site.