Urbis, in partnership with leading law firm Gadens, hosted a much anticipated seminar on Thursday to discuss the legal and design implications of changes to SEPP65 and release of a new ADG. The event was attended by close to 200 of Sydney’s top developers, property managers, architects and other apartment industry stakeholders.
Last month, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment released the amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65) and introduced an Apartment Design Guide (ADG) to replace the Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) and associated policies. These changes formally came into effect on 17 July 2015.
Urbis and Gadens hold seminar to discuss implications of SEPP65 amendments and new Apartment Design Guide
I, along with Gadens Partner Christina Renner, had the privilege to present our expert interpretations of how the new provisions and design guide will impact future developments in NSW.
Specifically, I explained how the ADG now identifies the criteria where DCP provisions have no effect in relation to eight key design elements which include Visual Privacy, Solar and Daylight Access, Natural Ventilation, among many others.