WEST Australian Planning Minister Donna Faragher has announced the release of a number of proposed changes to the state's Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) for public comment.
Speaking at the State's second Building Summit last week, Ms Faragher said the proposed changes would provide greater clarity to ensure the R-Codes were applied consistently across the State.
"The R-Codes provide the basis for residential development control throughout WA," she said.
"The proposed changes reflect the Liberal National Government's commitment to ensure the planning system remains responsive to local government, industry and community needs.
"The proposed changes include the introduction of a new streetscape appearance clause. This means local councils will be able to formally outline policies on aesthetics and character and these policies which must be endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission."
Draft frameworks for local councils to follow are also being prepared which will set out clear criteria and parameters along with guidance notes for developers, industry and the community.
Other proposed changes include amendments to definitions and setback and wall height requirements, as well as clarification of some construction standards in line with the Building Code.
The Minister said the proposed changes were part of a broader review of policy on design matters currently being undertaken by the WA Planning Commission.
"As the primary tool for the design, assessment and approval of dwellings and lot sizes, it is important that the R-Codes, and our broader planning system in general, continue to evolve in line with community needs and expectations," she said.