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Amendment to State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes: Multiple dwellings, parking and other incidental changes

A number of local governments have raised concerns with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) about unintended and undesirable consequences arising from the 2010 changes to the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) relating to multiple dwelling development.

This was in response to community concern about developments that are being built in predominantly single dwelling neighbourhoods, and viewed as being out of character and having a detrimental impact on the overall amenity of an area.

In addition, there is concern that increases in resident populations are causing parking overflow problems, particularly as the R-Codes have lower parking requirements for multiple dwellings than for single and grouped dwellings.

To address these concerns and avoid the potential for excessive local variations, the WAPC has approved for the attached amendment to the R-Codes be advertised for public comment.

The amendment proposes to require each multiple dwelling under R30 and R35 to achieve the same site area and open space (minimum total percentage of site) requirement as currently applies for single and grouped dwellings.

This will ensure that alignment with existing R12.5 to R25 codes and dwelling density intended and expected by local government and the community, is preserved.

Other matters in the proposed amendments include:

  • increasing the minimum parking standards for each multiple dwelling from 0.75 to one parking space;
  • improving vehicular access provisions for large scale development that precede subdivision; and
  • amending several R-Codes clauses, definitions, figures and tables to rectify drafting errors and anomalies.

Submissions on this amendment have now closed.

R-Codes 2013

The documents below are available for user download and printing.

DISCLAIMER: The R-Codes Submissions Report was prepared as an aid to understand and consider issues raised during consultation. It does not represent the concluded views of the Minister for Planning, WAPC or Department of Planning. So far as practicable, material that might identify an individual submitter has been omitted.

The R-Codes provide a comprehensive basis for the control of residential development throughout Western Australia. The R-Codes aims to address emerging design trends, promote sustainability, improve clarity and highlight assessment pathways to facilitate better residential design outcomes throughout Western Australia.

The R-Codes (2013) take effect upon publication in a special edition of the Government Gazette on Friday 2 August 2013.

As the R-Codes are used for the assessment of residential subdivision proposals, consequential changes have also been made to Development Control Policy 2.2 Residential Subdivision.

The R-Codes Explanatory Guidelines, Planning Bulletin 109/2013 – Residential Design Codes, R-Codes FAQs and Summary schedule of amendments documents above further explain the operation of the R-Codes, provide context and assistance in interpreting the provisions and provide answers to frequently asked questions.

As the R-Codes are administered and applied by local government, all enquiries relating to specific development proposals, including the application and interpretation of provisions of the R-Codes to specific development proposals, must be directed to the relevant local government where the development proposal is located.

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The R-Codes Share Forum is hosted on an off-site server on behalf of the WAPC to provide users of the R-Codes with an informal forum to discuss issues arising from practical implementation. Please note the views expressed on the forum are not presented as the official position of the WAPC.

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