The new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code will allow one and two storey dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval.
The new Code will provide more housing choice to meet different household needs, and improve housing affordability. It forms part of the NSW Government’s commitment to facilitate faster housing approvals and deliver a diverse range of housing options to support NSW’s changing demographics.
Low rise medium density housing as complying development is only allowed where medium density development is already permitted under a council’s local environmental plan.
The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code will commence on 6 July 2018.
The Department has prepared a list of frequently asked questions.
The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code is supported by the Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide. The Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide has been developed in close consultation with councils, industry and the community to ensure good design outcomes are achieved for medium density housing.
The design guide has been developed in partnership with the Government Architect’s Office and will ensure a consistent approach to the design and delivery of quality medium density housing in communities right across NSW. The Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide aims to improve the design of medium density housing by addressing key considerations, including layout, landscaping, private open space, light, natural ventilation and privacy.
The following Administrative amendments are required to enable the smooth implementation of the new Code will come into force on 6 July 2018.
Currently, most new homes built in NSW tend to fall into two categories: traditional free-standing houses and apartments. Medium density housing provides an alternative, as a more affordable housing choice.
Some of the recent media coverage of the new Code:
Hear from the winners of the Design Competition about the great benefits of medium density housing.
The benefits of the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code include:
Medium density housing can enable family’s greater choice about where they would like to retire. For the Jabbours, building a dual occupancy means they can chose to live in the same neighbourhood they grew up in.
In 2015, we released the Discussion Paper: Options for low rise medium density housing as complying development which sought feedback on what would be required for medium density housing types to be assessed as complying development.
The aim is to make approvals for these housing types faster and more straightforward, providing greater housing supply and choice including more affordable housing.
The exhibition of the draft Medium Density Guide and Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) commenced on 12 October until 23 December 2016. The draft Design Guide and EIE proposed changes to allow the construction and concurrent subdivision of dual occupancies, multi dwelling housing (terraces) and manor houses as complying development.
The Government Architect’s Office ran a ‘Missing Middle Design Competition’ to promote and test the controls in the draft Design Guide. The outcomes of the Design Competition and stakeholder feedback were used to shape and tailor the controls in the final design guide 'Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide' and the Medium Density Housing Code.
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