The Missing Middle Housing: What is Going Wrong in Perth

The Missing Middle Housing: What is Going Wrong in Perth

If Henry Ford canvassed people on whether or not he should build a motor car, they'd probably have told him what they really wanted was a faster horse. Whether we are car designers, architects or town planners we have to be more adept at knowing what target markets really need.

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The Missing Middle Housing Design Competition NSW

The Missing Middle Housing Design Competition NSW

Following on from successful 'Missing Middle Housing' design competitions being held in Michigan and Chicago, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment has launched its own competition seeking high-quality, innovative design solutions for low-rise medium density housing.

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DesignWA - Proposed Changes to Multi-unit Housing Code: Introducing SPP 7 - Design of the Built Environment

DesignWA - Proposed Changes to Multi-unit Housing Code: Introducing SPP 7 - Design of the Built Environment

The Department of Planning yesterday released a draft suite of documents aimed at elevating the role of design in delivering quality developments, in particular, multiple dwellings and mixed use developments. The collection of draft documents includes SPP 7 — design of the built environment. As part of Design WA, this draft policy will replace part 6 of the Residential Design Codes WA (R-Codes) which specifically relates to multiple dwelling developments.

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Proposed Changes to DAP System Announced

Proposed Changes to DAP System Announced

Planning Minister Donna Faragher today announced a number of changes to the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) system. "These changes are primarily administrative and will ensure the system remains flexible and responsive, while more clearly communicating DAP decisions to the public," she said.

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Department of Planning Launches PlanWA Mapping Tool

Department of Planning Launches PlanWA Mapping Tool

The Department of Planning has recently launched a public mapping tool that provides ready access to planning data across Western Australia. The introduction of such as a system has been long awaited and helps to fill an online mapping 'black hole' created by approximately 100 WA local governments by not publicly providing online mapping tools. The introduction of this mapping tool will hopefully free up Local and State government planning staff time as a result of frequently responding to basic zoning inquiries. 

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Proposed R-Codes Changes to Aged and Dependent Persons Dwellings

Proposed R-Codes Changes to Aged and Dependent Persons Dwellings

THE WA Planning Commission (WAPC) has released proposed amendments to the state’s Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) lowering the minimum yield requirement to access the 1/3 density bonus from five (5) dwellings to two (2) dwellings applicable to Aged** or Dependant Persons*** dwellings.

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Development Control Policy 1.10 Freeway Service Centres & Roadhouses

Development Control Policy 1.10 Freeway Service Centres & Roadhouses

The Western Australian Planningbrou Commission (WAPC) adopted a revised version of Development Control Policy 1.10 – Freeway Service Centres and Roadhouses (DC1.10) in August 2016.  The August 2016 revised Policy supersedes the original DC1.10 Policy adopted in August 2001 which has seen the development of the Baldivis Freeway Service Centre (FSC), and approval of the West Pinjarra FSC.

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