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   Proposed amendments to SPP 3.1 Residential Design Codes  (685.55 KB)

Proposed minor amendments to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes  for public comment

The WAPC has released the R-Codes proposed amendments 2016  for public comment.

Submissions closed at 5pm on Monday 10 October 2016.

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

They aim to improve use and clarity, address anomalies and align the R-Codes with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations.
Substantive changes include:

  • Removal of site area design principles
  • Amended grouped and multiple dwelling definitions
  • Reduce setback for walls with major openings for wall heights 3.5 metres or less from 1.5 metres to 1.2 metres
  • Solar access applying to wall height greater than 3.5 metres
  • Introduce a new streetscape appearance ‘deemed-to-comply’ clause
  • Clarification of 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.

R-Codes 2015

The documents below are available for user download and printing.

The following versions are interactive. For best use, down-load both files and in Adobe Reader, select ‘preferences/documents’ and uncheck the ‘Open cross-document links in same window’, to view both simultaneously.

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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.

R-Codes Share Forum

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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