Western Australia

WA Planning Minister announces review of Residential Design Codes

PLANNING Minister John Day yesterday announced a two-year review of the Residential Design Codes - also known as R-Codes.

"This review will assess the current effectiveness of the R-Codes to ensure the policy remains relevant and effective for all residential development within Western Australia," Mr Day said.

Mr Day said he hoped the outcome of the review will be "simpler, more straightforward content and more efficient application of the R-Codes."

The review will investigate a wide range of issues including:

  • Consideration of the local planning policies being prepared by local government and the consistency in the development of these policies;
  • New and emerging residential design trends not currently catered for in the R-Codes;
  • Sustainable development issues relating to the design and energy efficiency of buildings;
  • The role of detailed area plans and the relationship with the R-Codes; and
  • Design for climate variations to encompass regional design requirements.

Mr Day said the review would involve a public consultation phase scheduled for the first half of 2011.

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