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29 October 2019: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment news

The deferred implementation of the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has been extended for 45 councils. These councils will now have until 1 July 2020 before the Code takes effect.

Read the list of deferred councils on the Department website.

The extended deferral will allow councils to progress their strategic planning initiatives and demonstrate how they intend to meet their local housing needs. The Department will also use the time to work closely with councils to identify and map areas of exceptional local character.

The NSW Government remains committed to delivering more diverse housing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population. It is also committed to promoting more 'missing middle' development, such as low-rise dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces through a strategically led planning system.

Recommendations from the independent review report

In mid-2019, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces requested an independent review to assess the progress of the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code, identify impediments to the Code's delivery in 45 deferred local government areas, and make recommendations to assist councils to implement the Code.

The independent review report identified strong support for an increase in housing supply and diversity that the Code seeks to provide. It also found that enhancing and recognising local character is important to the success of the Code.

The report recommended the temporary deferral of the Code for the 45 deferred councils be extended to 1 July 2020 to allow those councils time to complete their strategic planning, including Local Strategic Planning Statements and Local Housing Strategies and update their local environmental plans, and to identify and map areas of special local character.

Read the independent review report on the Department website.

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Best regards,

Luke Walton
Executive Director, Planning Policy

 

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