What is Development?

What is Development?

Building Approvals, Council submission, Local Planning Policies, Planning, Planning Approvals, Town Planning
  Believe it or not, what is defined as development may not be consistent across different contexts. There are many occasions where landowners may not consider what they are proposing as development. In the planning context, development has a clear definition. The Planning and Development Act 2005 defines development in the following way: development means the development or use of any land, including — (a) any demolition, erection, construction, alteration of or addition to any building or structure on the land; (b) the carrying out on the land of any excavation or other works; (c) in the case of a place to which a Conservation Order made under section 59 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 applies, any act or thing that — (i) is likely to change the character of that place or the…
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What are the R-Codes?

What are the R-Codes?

Building Approvals, Building regulations, Council submission, Local Planning Policies, Planning, Planning Approvals, R-Codes, Town Planning
In order to make sure homes are built in a way that complements the streetscape and has minimal impact on neighbouring properties a consistent approach to design is required. State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) is the policy that outlines how residential buildings should be built. The policy outlines the requirements for buildings across all residential densities (R12.5, R60 etc). The R-Codes address design guidelines for various aspects of building including street and boundary setbacks, sight lines, overlooking, overshadowing and open space requirements. The R-Codes are typically required to be met to ensure development approval from the council. However there will always be situations where certain design features do not meet deemed-to-comply R-Code specifications. In this case developments can still be approved provided these features can still…
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