Following the introduction of the new residential zones in 2014, the State Government has announced a review of the Residential Zones and the way in which they were rolled out. These changes are the first step to create a uniform state wide approach to residential development.
In the NRZ and GRZ a new garden area requirement has been introduced which applies to development of lots over 400m2. The requirement is mandatory and requires a percentage of the land to be set aside for landscaping (refer to the table below). Driveways will not be included in this area, which will have an impact on development yield for certain building typologies.
|Lot Size||Minimum percentage|
|400-500 square metres||25%|
|501-650 square metres||30%|
|>650 square metres||35%|
The General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone will include transitional provisions in relation to the mandatory building heights (including number of storeys) and garden area requirements.
At this stage, it is unclear when these provisions will come into effect, however we expect the State Government to Announce these changes shortly.
For more information on these changes, or how these changes affect you, please free to contact Plans in Motion for advice.