As of today, 1 July 2020, the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (Code) – formerly called the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code – is now operating in all local government areas across NSW. The Code have been in place since 6 July 2018 however, a number of temporary deferrals were granted to some councils to complete their strategic planning and update their LEPs but this all ends on 1 July 2020.
The Code allows for well-designed dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses (up to two storeys in height) to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval. In response to recommendations of the Independent Review of the Code in 2019 and stakeholder feedback, minor amendments to the Code were made on 1 July 2020. The amendments to the Code have been made to clarify the intent and operation of the Code as well as provide certainty for councils, developers and the community.
- Renaming the Low Rise Medium Density Code to the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code to better reflect the diverse housing types contained in the Code
- Providing an opportunity for councils to better target the Code’s application by allowing councils to set a minimum lot size for Manor Houses and Terraces in LEPs
- Ensuring the Code does not apply to unsewered land
- Tracking the uptake of the Code via the Planning Portal from 1 July 2020
If you wish to discuss a development opportunity under this Code, please get in touch with us.
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