What does the Housing Code do?
Currently, Council’s controls in the R2 Low Density Residential zone include:
- Multi-dwelling housing villas are permitted on lots with a minimum area of 900 square metres and with a minimum frontage of 20 metres.
- Attached dual occupancies are permitted on lots with a minimum area of 580 square metres and with a minimum frontage of 20 metres.
These developments require Council assessment against Council’s Development Control Plan, which includes two weeks of neighbour notification and consideration of objections.
Under the NSW Government’s Housing Code changes the following land uses will be permitted in the R2 Low Density Residential zone:
- Manor Homes (2-storey flat buildings of 3-4 dwellings) will be permitted on lots with a minimum area of 600 square metres and with a minimum width of 15 metres at the building line.
- Attached dual occupancies will be permitted on lots with a minimum area of 580 square metres and with a minimum width of 15 metres at the building line, or 12 metres if there is rear vehicular access.
These developments can be approved by Council or Private Certifiers. Minimal neighbour notification is undertaken with no requirement for objections to be considered. Developments must satisfy the standards defined in the Housing Code and the criteria specified in the associated Design Guide.
Draft Ryde Local Housing Strategy
The NSW Government originally deferred the implementation of Part 3B of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Medium Density Housing Code – Housing Code) for 50 Councils in NSW, including City of Ryde, to allow councils to prepare Local Housing Strategies. To reduce the adverse impacts of the Housing Code, Council has prepared a draft Local Housing Strategy and, on 24 March 2020, resolved to request the NSW Government extend the deferral of the Housing Code in Ryde until the Strategy has been implemented. This extension was not granted and the Housing Code will commence on 1 July 2020.
Council has recently received the approval from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to allow the planning proposal to be placed on public exhibition. Council is currently preparing the documents for this exhibition, including written advice to approximately 27,000 residential landowners within the R2 zone, and it is expected that the exhibition period will commence in mid-October following the end of the school holidays.
Low rise medium density residential development in the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code and the Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide (Medium Density Design Guide) means:
- Dual occupancies
- Manor houses and 'one above the other' dual occupancies - buildings of between 2-4 dwellings
- Multi dwelling housing (terraces) It is development that contains two or more dwellings and is no more than two storeys in height.
Dual occupancy (attached) means 2 dwellings on one lot of land that are attached to each other, but does not include a secondary dwelling. dual occupancy (detached) means 2 detached dwellings on one lot of land, but does not include a secondary dwelling.
A building containing 3 or 4 dwellings, where:
- Each dwelling is attached to another dwelling by a common wall or floor, and
- At least 1 dwelling is partially or wholly located above another dwelling, and
- The building contains no more than 2 storeys (excluding any basement).
Multi dwelling housing (terraces)
3 or more dwellings on one lot of land where:
- Each dwelling as access at ground level
- No part of a dwelling is above any part of any other dwelling, and,
- Dwellings face and generally follow the alignment of one or more public roads.