Multiple housing reform protects burbs

THE City of Stirling will no longer have multiple dwellings and apartment blocks outside city centres after the State Government signed off on planning reform.

The planning scheme approved by the City prohibits multiple dwellings being built in areas coded R40 or below, outside an 800m radius of city centres and railway stations.

Reforms introduced to the Government’s residential design codes (R codes) in 2010 had an impact on the nature and intensity of infill development in Stirling, which led to the City initiating the amendment 32 in July 2012.

Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the effect of the amendment being approved by the Planning Minister meant there would no longer be a risk of a massive increase in multiple dwellings in suburban areas.

“This will mean a more considered approach to the future growth of our City,” Cr Italiano said.