The changes have significant implications for residential development, particularly sites in the General Residential Zone.
Garden area – varies by lot size, definition provided (see below) including a minimum dimension of 1m. Apply to new lots created. Includes new lots that will be under 400 sq m – except in PSP areas.
General Residential Zone – Biggest impact. 11m and 3 storey height limit and mandatory garden area requirement. Where Council has a zone schedule that nominates a different height that height will apply. Where there is a DDO (or other overlay) with a different height the more restrictive height will apply.
Significant impact on large sites and sites in / near activity centres.
Neighbourhood Residential Zone – dwelling number limit (previously 2) removed. Mandatory height limit and garden area apply. Therefore, this will only really benefit large lots.
Residential Growth Zone – up to and including 4 storeys remains in zone purpose despite advisory committee recommendation to remove it. Height limit is discretionary and garden area requirement does not apply. This is still the preferred zone for higher density.
Transitional Provisions – Minimum garden area, height and number of storeys does not apply to applications lodged before the approval date (27/03/2017).