Design quality of residential flat buildings

 

 SEPP 65

SEPP 65

The State Environmental Planning Policy 65 – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65) was introduced in 2002. It aims to improve the design quality of residential flat buildings in NSW. It contains principles for good design and provides guidance for evaluating the merit of design solutions.
 
It requires that residential flat buildings are designed by registered architects and enables the Minister for Planning to form SEPP 65 design review panels to give independent advice on the design quality of residential flat building proposals.
 

Residential Flat Design Code

The Residential Flat Design Code provides tools for improving the design of residential flat buildings and gives guidance on how the design quality principles provided under SEPP 65 can be applied to new developments.
 

Review of SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code

It is widely accepted that the design quality of residential flat buildings in NSW has improved since the introduction of SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code in 2002. The department is currently undertaking a review of SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code to ensure they remain relevant and useful resources for industry and local government. The objectives of the review are to:
 
  • provide opportunities for input into the review process from a wide range of stakeholders
  • identify and discuss key issues
  • update SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code to promote best practice in the planning and design of residential flat buildings in NSW.

Review progress

Pre-discussion paper consultation → Discussion paper and public consultation →
Consideration of submissions + preparation of recommended amendments Finalise amendments
 
The department, in developing the discussion paper, sought comment and input from key stakeholders to identify and discuss key issues that need to be addressed. This input was used to draft recommendations for the review discussion paper.
 
The discussion paper was publicly exhibited from Wednesday 16 November 2011 to Friday 24 February 2012. Submissions received were subsequently published and summarised.
 
The department is currently considering all written submissions received during the exhibition process to inform recommended amendments to SEPP 65 and the Residential Flat Design Code.
 
A statutory exhibition will be conducted before any amendments to the document are finalised.  

SEPP 65 Design review panels

Design review panels can be formed by the Minister to provide independent advice to councils about the design quality of residential flat development proposals and draft planning policy with regard to SEPP 65 Design quality principles.
 
Design review panels thoroughly examine flat proposals. This includes visiting sites and examining how proposed developments fit into their local areas. The panels also evaluate the design content of draft planning policy documents including: draft local environmental plans, draft development control plans, draft master or similar plans.
 
Design review panels are being examined as part of the SEPP 65 review. 
 

 

OTHER RESOURCES
Residential flat design pattern book - A resource of ideas and precendents to guide the design of residential flat development in NSW.
SEPP 65 and Multi-unit BASIX - Outlines the relationship between SEPP 65 and BASIX.

 

Last Updated 20-May-2014