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Developers Update – 2 July 2020 – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (Code) applies to all local government areas in NSW from 1 July 2020. To coincide with the full commencement of the Code minor amendments have been made to provide clarity and fix minor drafting errors (see high level table below). The amendments also include a change of name to the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code.  

StandardAffected Housing Type Amendment
Name Change Whole Code Change of name to the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code and the Low Rise Housing Design Guide  
Minimum lot size  Manor Houses and terraces Reflect changes to LEPs that introduce a minimum lot size for manor houses and multi dwelling housing (terraces) 
Landscaping  Dual occupancies and  Terraces Clarification of the intent of the landscaping standards  
Development that is not complying development under this code  Whole Code Additional types of development that cannot be complying development includes: development that is in-fill affordable housing within the meaning of Division 1 of Part 2 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, development on unsewered land, and development on land identified as being susceptible to landslide risk in any relevant environmental planning instrument relating to the land. 
Lot requirements  Dual occupancies Clarification that the minimum width of a lot for the development of a dual occupancy is 15m, except where the lot is only accessible from a secondary road, parallel road or lane, then its 12m. 
Part 6, Subdivision  Dual occupancies (subdivision of) Removal of 60% rule to ensure that minimum lot sizes for subdivision are maintained in accordance with council LEPs 
New terms Whole Code The introduction of new terms “parent lot” and “resulting lot” to clarify which area the development standard shall be applied. 
Diagrams Whole Code A number of diagrams have been updated and new diagrams added to provide further explanatory details. 

A full list of amendments is available on the NSW legislation website.