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Compliance with the new Code and the supporting Design Guidelines will mean that it will be possible to get approval for a development by either a council or an accredited certifier within twenty days
Housing types under the Code
The new Code allows for one and two storey medium density homes to fit into existing streetscapes and neighbourhoods. The housing types under the new Code are allocated to three types:
The new Code is supported by design criteria that is set out in the Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide. The Design Guide is integral under the new Code to ensure consistency and good design outcomes for medium density housing a complying development in NSW. The Design Guide addresses the key elements of layout, landscaping, private open space, light, natural ventilation and privacy.
An amendment has been made to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 to provide ‘verification’ to ensure the design is consistent with the Design Code and the design has been prepared by a qualified or accredited designer.
The new Code includes the requirement for a Design Verification Statement. The Design Verification Statement must be prepared by a registered architect or building designer who is accredited with the Building Designers Association of Australia, and who will verify that they have either designed or directed the design of the development, and verify the design of the development is consistent with the design criteria contained in the Design Guide
Where will the new Code apply?
The new Code will be allowed where medium density development is already allowed under a councils Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and in R1, R2, R3 and RU5 zones.Typically with existing exempt and complying development policy, development under the new Code will be excluded in:
The new Code will require development to meet minimum lot size under the relevant council LEP:
For further information: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Housing/Medium-Density-Housing https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/building-or-renovating/low-rise-medium-density-housing-code
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