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The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has been a wakeup call to ensure our areas are covered by the appropriate planning controls so that anticipated housing density can be planned.

This is to submit Northern Beaches Planning Proposal.

The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (the Code), made under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development), permits attached and detached dual occupancies, multi-dwelling housing, and manor houses, and the subdivision of such developments, as complying development where those uses are currently permitted under Council’s Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

The Code is set to commence on 6 July 2018.

The Code may result in higher density development than currently permissible under Council’s codes, particularly in low density R2 zones.

The Minister for Planning has recently announced that he will consider deferring the commencement of the Code in some Council areas for 12 months subject to the submission of a Planning Proposal by those Councils to “rectify local planning controls to meet the strategic intent of each Council area” in the Department of Planning & Environment letter.

The Planning Proposal must be submitted to the Department of Planning by 27 June 2018.

A Planning Proposal has been prepared which prohibits:

  • manor houses and multi-dwelling housing (including terraces) in zone R2 Low Density Residential zone under the Manly LEP 2011; and

  • dual occupancy in zone R2 Low Density Residential zone under the Manly LEP 2011 and Pittwater LEP 2014.

  • multi-dwelling housing and dual occupancies in the R3 Zone in the Warriewood Valley under Pittwater LEP 2014

The Planning Proposal will not resolve all issues with the Code; amendments to the Code itself will still be required. It is therefore anticipated that the submission of this Planning Proposal will be the starting point for a discussion with the Department of Planning about how best to implement the changes during the period of deferral from the Code (the next 12 months).

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