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The benefits of Low Rise Medium Density Housing

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Currently, most new homes built in NSW tend to fall into two categories; traditional freestanding houses and apartments. Low rise medium density housing provides an alternative, as a more affordable housing option.

 

Medium density housing enables families to have a greater choice about where they'd like to live, grow, raise a family and retire. For the Jabbours (watch the video below), building a dual occupancy means that they can choose to live in the same neighbourhood that they grew up in and stay close to their family and friends.

 

The NSW Government is helping to provide more housing diversity that suits NSW’s changing and growing population. To support this need the NSW Government released the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code.

 

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Background

With a changing and growing population, Sydney needs more housing choice. The NSW Government is helping to provide more housing diversity that suits the needs of residents.

 

In 2015, we released the Discussion Paper: Options for low rise medium density housing as complying development which sought feedback on allowing low rise medium density housing to be carried out under a fast tracked complying development approval pathway. The aim is to make approvals for these housing types faster and more straightforward, providing greater housing choice and supply. 

The draft Medium Density Design Guide and Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) was exhibited from 12 October until 23 December 2016. The draft Design Guide and EIE proposed changes to allow low rise medium density housing as complying development to promote these types of housing as an alternative to freestanding houses and apartments.

Missing Middle Design Competition

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 Guides: the 'Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide for complying development'and the'Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide for development applications'.

Watch 'The Missing Middle Design Competition: What are the benefits of good design?'

NSW Government Architect, Peter Poulet, discusses key elements of a well designed home.

 

Highlights from the competition winners

Hear from the winners of the design competition about the great benefits of medium density housing.

 

Watch 'Medium Density Housing: Missing Middle Competition Winners Talk Medium Density Housing'

Your stories

Watch "Medium Density Housing: A duplex for the Jabbour family"

 

Watch 'Medium Density Housing: A terrace for the Keshari family'

For the Keshari family building a terrace means owning an affordable home that is located close to public transport and open space in a great suburb. It offers all the benefits of a freestanding house, including a backyard, lots of storage, and landscaping.

 

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Page last updated: 07/11/2018