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WA - multi-dwelling planning policy changes

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  1. Skuttles

    Skuttles Well-Known Member

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    In today's West Australian newspaper.

    Not much new info for those who have an interest in this space, but it does confirm the Planning Ministers line of thinking and indicates an intended timeframe for the changs to take effect (October).
     

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    mendment to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes: Multiple dwellings, parking and other incidental changes
    Amendments have been made to State Planning Policy 3.1 -Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) to provide local governments with greater control on the location of multiple dwellings (apartments).

    The amendments will reduce the number of apartments that can be built on blocks coded R30 and R35. Parking will also be increased to ensure every apartment will be allocated at least one bay.

    The amendments were gazetted by Her Excellency the Governor on 7 July 2015 and full details of the amendments can be found here: Amendment to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes: Multiple dwellings, parking and other incidental changes.

    The changes become operational on Friday 23 October 2015, providing local government and developers with a three-month transition period.

    The changes have been introduced following community and local government feedback on appropriate locations for apartment developments.

    In addition to the R-Codes amendment, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has released Planning Bulletin 113/2015 Multiple Dwellings in R40 coded areas and variation to R-Codes Multiple Dwelling development standards. The Planning Bulletin outlines the WAPC’s position and expectations on the control of multiple dwellings on R40 coded land and variance to the R-Codes ‘deemed-to-comply’ standards for multiple dwelling development proposals.

    The WAPC’s Diverse City by Design – Towards Perth and Peel@3.5million fact sheets have also been released. These aim to assist local governments, developers and anyone with an interest in planning and development by encouraging new and innovative ideas for residential density.

    http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/R-Codes_Amendments_2015.pdf
    http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/Planning_Bulletin_113.pdf
     
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    What i dont understand is
    ""The WAPC will consider local planning scheme amendment proposals (under MST clause 5.3 Special Application of Residential Planning Codes) seeking to restrict the number of multiple dwellings in R40 coded areas by applying the average site area per grouped dwelling standard, in lieu of plot ratio standard, for R40 coded lots located outside of the following core areas:
    • Within 800 metres of any existing or proposed strategic metropolitan, secondary, district or specialised activity centre or railway station on a high frequency rail route
    The WAPC supports greater than R40 densities and multiple dwelling provision within the above locations"

    from Planning Bulletin 113/2015

    Is it saying that if you have an R40 site within 800m of a train station that you can develop at R60 or R80?
     
  4. Aaron Sice

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    no it's saying that outside the catchment area, the WAPC will accept new TPS proposals that provide for R40 multi's being applied at the lower R25 style (one dwelling per x sqm of land) and inside it's plot ratio as per usual, possibly higher.

    max variation to plot ratio is also stated at 25%.
     
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    Phew, my r40 site is 650m from train station
     
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    I was just coming in here to see if anyone had posted about this and looks like you are all on the ball :)

     
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    Well it's good it has all finally been put on paper and signed off. Takes the unknown factor out when looking for sites. Bit of a shame with the R40 but i suppose it aligns with what councils are trying to achieve.

    lets see how it all takes effect out there on the ground.
     
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    Do you think codifying this in a TPS makes it much easier to successfully ask for the variation?

    This could be a good thing?
     
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    I have a 450m2 R20/25 block which is about 200m away from Meltham train station, would it be possible to put apartments on that once this goes through, anyone ?
     
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    No, not possible
     
  11. HD_ACE

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    Maybe a granny flat.
     
  12. Aaron Sice

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    Any variations allowed under local policy is a good thing from a developers point of view.

    Makes it acceptable to argue the fact @ SAT.
     
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    Is it my imagination (or me reading too quickly) or did they NOT close the loophole for how a multiple dwelling is defined? I thought for sure they would approve the ammendment to change it to be more than 50% over another dwelling but I can't see it
     
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    it may appear in the formal R Code change in October.
     
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    i was only reading the Gazette, sorry.

    looks like you may be in luck!
     
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    It would be nice to do some more in this manner :) Though I think it's sweet spot is R40 so will take some extra due diligence now to find the right spot.
     
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    Hi All. I seem to be out of the loop on this topic.
    I was on the somersoft forum but haven't been on since the site shut down. I have an 871spm r20/40 block in cloverdale. Will city of belmont still allow the R40 code?
    I know in city of belmont to achieve R40 50% or more of the dwellings must be double storey.
    Im about to submit plans to council but i haven't heard/read this as of now!!?
     
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    Does it meet the new requirements for R40. Ie within the range to transport. New no of parking spots for multis?

    What you planning to build?
     
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    @ARC

    And you do realise these changes are for multi dwellings? So townhouses, villas, houses etc will not be affected.