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 address the design principles outlined in the R-Codes.
A town planning consultant can provide a variety of services to ensure your development application will progress smoothly. From conducting R-Code assessments, identifying overriding local planning policies and scheme provisions, to producing reports that justify variations to the deemed-to-comply provisions of the R-Codes.
Contact our town planner consultants to help you out in the development application process or for advice.