Posted on June 28, 2011 by Stuart Simington

Review of SEPP65 and Residential Flat Design Code

The Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DPI)  is seeking comments on the areas of SEPP 65 and the Residential Design Flat Code (RFDC) that need to reviewed or amended.  The comments are to guide the preparation of a Discussion Paper for later release.

One possible area for reform is clarification of how conflicts between design requirements in the RFDC and local DCPs are to be resolved. At present, both are matters for consideration when assessing a development application under s79C(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.  There seems to be a reasonable argument that the RFDC should prevail on matters that it specifically addresses.

State Environmental Planning Policy – Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65)

Residential Flat Design Code