Significant changes to the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes), including new standards for landowners with R30 and R35 coded properties, will take effect on 23rd October 2015.
The R-Code Amendment 2015 focuses on lowering the dwelling yield for multiple dwellings within the R30 and R35 density codes, in response to community concerns that some cases of over-development were occurring. As a result, from 23 October onwards, multiple dwelling and grouped dwelling yields will be largely comparable in relation to lot sizes.
Car parking ratios have also been amended for all multiple dwelling developments. Parking is now increased to apply slightly higher parking rates for 1 or 2 bedroom dwellings and 3 or more bedroom dwellings.
For developments with the potential to be subdivided into 20 or more green title, strata or survey-strata lots, the amended R-Codes specify each of these lots must have driveway access via a communal street. The communal street must be a minimum of 12 metres total width, inclusive of a paved vehicular carriageway of 5.5 metres plus a pedestrian path.
Furthermore, the Amendment includes a range of other changes, generally to clarify definitions, setbacks and other requirements.
- A copy of the R-Codes Amendment 2015 can be downloaded here: http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/Residential-design-codes.asp