Proposed Amendments to State Planning Policy 3.1 - Residential Design Codes

The R-Codes proposed amendments 2016 has been released by the Western Australian Planning Commission and they are asking for public comment.

The proposed amendments address concerns regarding misinterpretation and inconsistency of application of certain provisions of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).

The amendments hope to improve use and clarity, address anomalies and align the R-Codes with the Planning and Development Regulations. 

Changes include

- removal of site area design principles

- amended group and multiple dwelling definitions

- reduce setback for walls with major openings for wall heights 3.5m or less from 1.5m to 1.2m

- solar access applying to wall height greater than 3.5m

- introduce a new streetscape appearance "deemed to comply" clause

- clarificationof ancillary dwellings construction standards

- clarification of driveway/crossover locations

- reduce the minimum number of aged or dependent persons dwellings in any single development from 5 to 2.

The amendment can be viewed here

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