Local Planning Policies – how do they influence planning in your local council?

Local Planning Policies – how do they influence planning in your local council?

Building regulations, Local Planning Policies, Planning, Planning Approvals, Planning Consultants, R-Codes, Town Planning
Local Councils all have policies that relate to a wide variety of local government concerns, including planning. The purpose of most local planning policies is to guide planning and development where the R-Codes do not address local features and characteristics. Local planning policies take on various forms including: Addressing a specific locality (local development plans – formerly detailed area plans), Certain structures (sheds, pools, ancillary dwellings etc.), Heritage and/or conservation, and Land use (tourism, home business, child care etc.) In terms of those influencing residential development, local planning policies typically override certain provisions of the R-codes such as setbacks, building height and garages. Some policies also alter the requirements of development assessments, meaning additional information addressing the requirements of the policy will need to be included with the proposal. Where…
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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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