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UDIA (WA) 2015 Awards for Excellence

CLE congratulates our Clients, Eastcourt Living, on collecting the prestigious 2015 UDIA (WA) Rising Star Award for Providence Estate at the recent UDIA Awards for Excellence.

As the Town Planners and Urban Designers on Providence since its inception, CLE are very proud to be associated with Eastcourt Living and the success of Providence.

Probably the element which stands out more than anything else at Providence is the visual environment, an almost nebulous and subjective judgement when you enter and drive around the estate. On closer examination is the very real effort that has been put in to achieve an exceptional result. Providence will eventually be a 790 lot development plan for a wide ranging housing product diversity providing broad market appeal. 

A reasonably difficult site with its underlying saturated clays, a location situated between the Leda Bush Forever reserve, the Bollard Bulrush Wetland and the Peel Main Drain. The approach to come off Wellard Road with respect to the relationship with Homestead Ridge has isolated the development and given it a true separate identity in the area.

Elements such as a permeable grid layout with a majority of East-West orientated lots, realignment of Johnson Road to facilitate public transportation, the use of the parks and retained natural bush to buffer but at the same time provide an outstanding visual amenity, tree retention and integration of water management into the design and the decision to provide over 15% public open space to achieve the outcomes, all adds to make this development a rising star.

Congratulations to all involved in Providence.” – Judges’ Citation, 29 August 2015

Implementation of the R Code Provisions for Medium Density Housing Planning Bulletin

WAPC published Planning Bulletin 112/2015 “Medium-density  single house development standards – Structure plan areas” on 8 May 2015. The Bulletin sets in place a code of acceptable development provisions to allow single house development on lots coded R25 to R60 in areas covered by a local structure plan. The provisions are now being rolled out in new and existing projects. UDIA and CLE have been working closely with the Department of Planning on the smooth implementation and transition for industry. The following presentation, which has been reviewed by DoP, summarises the process for preparing the RMD standards, outlines the provisions and their implementation and transition on existing projects.

Download Presentation – May 2015

Eastern States Small and Micro Lot Housing Investigations

In early May 2015 CLE, Ian Everett, Jane Bennett and Neil Thom, and ABN, Dale Alcock and Andrew Auret, travelled to the east coast to investigate small and micro lot housing through Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, including Fitzgibbon Chase, Bells Reach, Springfield, Yarrabilba, Lightsview, Blakes Crossing and Mawson Lakes. Each project’s built form and streetscape outcomes, regulation and delivery models were all reviewed in detail. The trip provided valuable insights and lessons learnt for both infill and greenfields projects. Many of the lot and housing typologies relate directly to the recently released R-Codes RMD Planning Bulletin as well as the R Code Working Group’s investigations into development on lots less than 100sqm, and are potentially transferrable to our current projects.

For more information please contact Jane Bennett, Ian Everett or Neil Thom.

Residential Medium Density Planning Bulletin Released

The Department of Planning have today released the Residential Medium Density Single House Development Standards Planning Bulletin. The Bulletin contains a WAPC adopted suite of R Code variations to facilitate the delivery of R25, R30, R40 and R60 single lot housing in areas covered by a Structure Plan. The benefit of the RMD provisions is the certainty they will provide industry in delivery small lot housing, as well as removing the requirement for further assessment of DAPs and LSP R Code provisions streamlining approvals and clearances.

The provisions deal with site cover / open space, street and side setbacks, garaging, overshadowing and privacy and aside from the 10.5m lot frontage restriction for double garages the provisions are very similar to those already implemented across CLE projects.

CLE has produced conceptual designs showing how the provisions apply, as well as a summary of the provisions.

Importantly with regards to implementation:

  • The provisions are not retrospective and are only effective once adopted into a Local Structure Plan. Implementation of the provisions via Detailed Area Plans (or Local Development Plans) is not supported (which is of benefit to industry by removing an extra subdivision approval condition and clearance step / delay).
  • Where DAPs are being used at the moment we expect that this will be able to continue for a transition period to avoid project delays; however, there is likely to be a strong push from local government and the Department to initiate LSP Amendments to include the provisions and remove the need for DAPs.
  • A proponent may initiate an LSP Amendment to introduce these provisions into an existing LSP. Advertising is to be waived to any such LSP Amendment
  • Provisions are to apply wholly without modification, except the 10.5m restriction for double garages which does not apply to any lodged or approved subdivision applications as of the date of the Planning Bulletin (8 May) where the existing LSP or R Code provisions would apply (which allows a double garage on a 10m wide lot)
  • In general a transition period is to apply to the 10.5m restriction for double garages of around 9 months
  • The transition, implementation and specific provisions will be subject to review by the Working Group who are continuing to meet regularly to ensure the intent is being achieved. CLE are on the Working Group, as are UDIA Representatives.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the implications of this. Please contact any of our planners to discuss.