WAPC announces amendments to R-Codes

WAPC announces amendments to R-Codes

THE WA Planning Commission has released proposed amendments to the state’s Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) for public comment.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the proposed changes would provide greater clarity to ensure the R-Codes were applied consistently across the state.

“The R-Codes provide the basis for residential development control throughout WA,” she said.

“The proposed changes reflect the Liberal National Government’s commitment to ensure the planning system remains responsive to local government, industry and community needs.”

One of the proposed changes includes the introduction of a new streetscape appearance clause.

“This means local councils will be able to formally outline policies on aesthetics and character, and these policies which must be endorsed by the WA Planning Commission,” Mrs Faragher said.

Draft frameworks for local councils to follow were also being prepared which would set out clear criteria and parameters along with guidance notes for developers, industry and the community.

Other proposed changes include amendments to definitions for grouped and multiple dwellings, reduced setback and wall height requirements, as well as clarification of some construction standards in line with the Building Code.

Mrs Faragher said the proposed changes were part of a broader review of policy on design matters being undertaken by the WA Planning Commission.

“As the primary tool for the design, assessment and approval of dwellings and lot sizes, it is important that the R-Codes, and our broader planning system in general, continue to evolve in line with community needs and expectations,” she said.

The proposed amendments can viewed at www.planning.wa.gov.au/rcodes.

Submissions, comments or questions on the proposed amendments can be emailed to rcodesreview@planning.wa.gov.au or mailed to the Planning manager – urban policy, Locked bag 2506, Perth WA 6001.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, October 10.