Future additions to the suite of Design WA documents will be ‘the missing middle’ – design codes for grouped dwellings, and possibly simpler provisions for single houses, and the inclusion of the revised Liveable Neighbourhoods.
Design WA recognises that Perth’s urban environment is becoming dense, and projected population growth in WA will necessitate an increase in multiple dwelling developments. Design WA is a suite of documents ranging from a state planning policy to broader guidelines.
The following outlines the intent and function of each of the Design WA documents.
State Planning Policy No. 7 (SPP 7)
SPP7 recognises the 10 principles of good design that should be used by those delivering projects including – context and character, landscape quality, built form and scale, functionality and build quality, sustainability, amenity, legibility, safety, community and aesthetics. It is an overarching framework under which the various documents within the suite of Design WA will sit. Its focus is on integrating quality design principles, skills and quality review of proposals.
Draft Apartment Design Policy
This Policy relates to apartments and mixed use developments (including multi storey aged-persons accommodation and student housing) at a density over R40, and will replace the Multi-Unit Housing Code provisions of the R-Codes. As mentioned, it is largely based on the NSW SEPP 65 Policy. The Policy will guide the design of multiple dwellings within their immediate and broader context, and with an increased focus on liveability. Key new features include different provisions for detached and attached dwellings, separating side and rear setbacks, increasing building height allowances, introducing planting zones, introducing deep soil areas for landscaping, and introducing building separation provisions.
Draft Design Review Guide
This guide provides structure and direction for the setting up and operation of design review panels (DRP) through the State. The emphasis is on early liaison with local government prior to lodgement of an application, to ensure key design issues are identified and worked through, and so that time and costs at the application stage are reduced.
Draft Design Skills Discussion Paper
The Department of Planning is seeking comment on how design practitioners should be engaged to design and assess multiple and mixed use developments.
Design WA Brochure
This document provides a summary of the suite of documents that have been released for public comment, along with a project scope and timeline.
Future additions to the suite of Design WA documents will be ‘the missing middle’ – design codes for grouped dwellings, and possibly simpler provisions for single houses, and the inclusion of the revised Liveable Neighbourhoods. These documents will be released for comment in due course.