Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

THE WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has re­leased pro­posed amend­ments to the State’s Res­i­den­tial De­sign Codes (R-Codes) for pub­lic com­ment.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna 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.”

One of the pro­posed changes is the in­tro­duc­tion of a streetscape ap­pear­ance clause.

“This means lo­cal coun­cils will be able to for­mally out­line poli­cies on aes­thet­ics and char­ac­ter, and these poli­cies must be en­dorsed by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion,” Mrs Faragher said.

Draft frame­works for lo­cal coun­cils to fol­low were also be­ing pre­pared which would set out clear cri­te­ria and pa­ram­e­ters, along with guid­ance notes for de­vel­op­ers, in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity.

Sub­mis­sions on the pro­posed amend­ments can be emailed to rcodesre­view@plan­ning.wa.gov .au or mailed to the plan­ning man­ager - ur­ban pol­icy, locked bag 2506, Perth 6001.

Sub­mis­sions close at 5pm on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 10.

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