The Baird Government is proposing to expand the definition of ‘code complying development’ to include Medium Density buildings. You wont need to put in a Development Application to get approval to build townhouses, terraces, manor homes (2 up, 2 down) and dual occupancies on lot sizes of more than 200 sq. m per dwelling.
Neighbours and the broader community won’t have the opportunity to comment or object. Private certifiers employed by the developer will have control. This is a gift to commercial developers. See more here.
We encourage people to send their comments. Submissions close Friday 23 December firstname.lastname@example.org . Some key points:
- There will be no way to maintain the character and/or amenity of our suburbs
- Existing infrastructure, tree clearing, bush fires, flood mitigation, storm water runoff, privacy and topography would not be assessed
- There are already serious concerns about private certifiers giving the green light to non-compliant developments
- This poses a broad scale threat to existing ‘backyard’ vegetation or tree canopy – resulting in loss of open space, climate change mitigation and biodiversity.
Read what HHT had to say: Submission on Medium Density Housing Code.