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Amendment 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.

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.

Please forward any queries about the amendments to:

R-Codes 2013

The documents below are available for user download and printing.

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.

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 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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