Category: Policy

Design WA – A Better Built Environment

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The importance of good design in Western Australian Planning has been elevated with the introduction of Design WA, a comprehensive policy suite aimed at improving the quality of developments and the neighbourhoods they reside in. Design WA will ensure good design outcomes for all developments and create a more consistent development process through its policy framework. This framework is based…

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Residential Design Codes – Amendment 2015

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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…

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Amendment to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes

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Proposed changes to the assessment of multiple dwellings at R30/R35, parking and other incidental changes. TBB have been following, with interest, the proposed changes to State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes for some time now. The amendment proposes to require each multiple dwelling at R30 and R35 to achieve the same site area and open space requirement as…

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TBB Comments on Revised Bushfire Risk Management Guidelines

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Reducing the Risk of Bushfire In early 2014, the Department of Planning (DoP) released for public comment the revised State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning for Bushfire Risk Management (SPP 3.7) and the revised Planning for Bushfire Risk Management Guidelines. The DoP states that revised SPP 3.7 is intended to reduce the risk of bushfire to people, property and infrastructure by…

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2013 Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) Released

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TBB is pleased to advise that the much anticipated update to the Residential Design Codes (The R-Codes) was released in June and published in the Government Gazette on 2 August 2013. As the primary document used for the assessment of residential subdivision and development, the review of the 2010 R-Codes was a long running process, but one that received strong…

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Planning for Bushfire Protection

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In 2011 Western Australia suffered several devastating bushfires that razed both public and private land, destroying livestock, infrastructure, businesses and several homes. The most widely publicized of these events were the Perth Hills fire, which destroyed land in Armadale/Kelmscott and Gidgegannup/Red Hill, and the Margaret River fire, which consumed 3,400 hectares of Crown land and destroyed 32 homes. A review…

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