Category: Standards and Guidelines

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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New Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015

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Taking effect on 19th October 2015, the new Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (The Regulations) are a much needed replacement for the longstanding Town Planning Regulations 1967 and associated Model Scheme Text. The new Regulations were recently gazetted on August 25th 2015 and reflect the state government’s commitment to streamline planning schemes across all local governments statewide.…

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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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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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Structure Plan Guidelines and Standards – November Launch

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The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) “Structure Plan Preparation Guidelines” and complimentary “Structure Plan Digital Data and Mapping Standards” came into force on the 5th November. The launch is welcomed. It follows many years of internal review by the WAPC. The Guidelines and Standards have a wide application for the public and private sector, including developers, consultants Government agencies and…

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