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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Proposed Medium Density Housing Code and Draft Medium Density Housing Design Guide

The Department of Planning and Environment is seeking to amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2005 (Codes SEPP). The amendment will introduce a new Medium Density Housing Code which would enable certain types of medium density development to be assessed as complying development.

Exclusions that currently apply to complying development would apply to the new medium density housing code. Therefore the proposed code would not apply in the following areas in Hunters Hill:

  • Heritage Conservation areas
  • Riverfront areas
  • On sites including a heritage item

The new code would permit as complying development:

1. Construction and subdivision (Torrens or strata title subdivision) of dual occupancies in zones where the land use is permissible (in Hunters Hill dual occupancies are permissible in the R2 Low Density and R3 Medium Density Residential zones)

2. Construction and subdivision (Torrens or strata title subdivision) of multi dwelling housing (terraces – can be attached or detached) where multi dwelling housing is permissible. (in Hunters Hill multi dwelling housing is permissible in the R3 Medium Density Residential & B4 Mixed Use zones)

3. Construction/adaptation and strata subdivision of Manor Homes (being a 2 storey building containing up to 4 individual dwellings) where multi-dwelling housing is permissible. (In Hunters Hill multi dwelling housing is permissible in the R3 Medium Density Residential & B4 Mixed Use zones)

A report discussing the proposed medium density housing code and draft design guide was considered by Council on 12 December 2016. The full report can be accessed here.

At the council meeting a resolution was made to make a submission to the Minister of Planning and Environment opposing the proposed code. The submission can be viewed below.


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