The idea of using building design guidelines to guide future subdivision of an area is nothing short of absurd. Over the entire Perth Metropolitan Area, R Codes are used as a simple means to determine whether or not a property is able to be subdivided, with the underlying premise being the R Code clearly identifies the minimum lot size able to be created under that density coding.
For example, an R17.5 indicates a minimum lot size of 571 square metres is permitted in that area, while R15 indicates a minimum lot size of 666 square metres is permitted in accordance with the State Planning Policy and Residential Design Codes.
This system has been set up to create more transparency and efficiency in the urban development approvals system across Western Australia.
If a property is large enough to have subdivision potential under a pre-determined R Code then the owner organises the plans for a proposed residence/development, in accordance with the building guidelines applicable to that area, with approval sought at council level.
After spending nearly $300,000 of ratepayers money preparing and promoting Amendment 31 and the associated Future Housing Choices policy, I think it is time to say enough is enough.
If the council wishes to create higher density in City Beach, Floreat and Mt Claremont, could it at least have the integrity to present its intentions in a straightforward manner, consistent with the rest of the metropolitan area?
Marketing and discussing confusing terminology associated with possible building design options, such as manor housing, does no one any favours and appears more than anything to be a smoke screen for the underlying density increase.
Finally, I appeal to all residents in the affected areas to call, email or drop in to the council to voice your opinions while you still can.
I do not want increased density in City Beach, which is one of the last remaining areas to offer the housing choice of a large residential block in a leafy suburb, which until now, was definitely unable to be subdivided.