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Low-Rise Density Housing
The population of NSW is changing and growing , with an increased number of people living alone or with their partner . People’s needs are changing in terms of the size , configuration , cost and location of housing to suit their lifestyles.
There is a need to consider a diverse choice of housing that reflects the need and preferences of households today and into the future.
LRD (low rise diverse) housing development includes:
- Dual occupancies
- Manor houses and ‘one above the other’ dual occupancies – buildings of between 2-4 dwellings
- Multi dwelling housing (terraces)
- Multi dwelling housing (town houses and villas)
The Low-Rise Housing Diversity Code- formerly known as the Low-Rise Medium Density Housing Code – facilitates a diverse range of housing. The Code allows well designed dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces (up to two storeys) to be carried out under a fast track complying development approval.
A complying development approval can be issued within 20 days if the proposal complies with all the relevant requirements in the State Environmental Planning Policy. Dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces built as complying development are only allowed in R1, R2, R3 and RU5 zones where this type of housing is already permitted under a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). Development must meet all of the development standards in the Code and the Design Criteria in the Low-Rise Housing Diversity Design Guide for complying development . The Code is currently operating in all local government areas across NSW.