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Medium Density Update

6 July 2018

Council has now received written confirmation that the implementation of the Medium Density Housing Code has been deferred in the Lane Cove Local Government Area until 1 July 2019.

This means that applicants will not be able to lodge a complying development application for dual occupancies, manor houses or terraces until 1 July 2019. Applicants will also not be able to lodge a development application for manor houses or terraces until 1 July 2019

June Update

​Council has successfully obtained a 12 month deferral for the implementation of the State Government’s new Medium Density Housing Code and Design Guide, which would override Council’s planning controls by permitting villas and terraces/townhouses in the R2 (Residential) zone.

The Code permits both villas and terraces to a height of 8.5 metres, overriding Council’s height control of 5 metres, which was designed to accommodate villas only. While Council supports and encourages housing diversity, the provisions of the Code and Guide have not taken into account the Lane Cove Local Government Area local planning context with regards to multi-dwelling housing.

Council in May submitted a Planning Proposal to the NSW Government to remove multi-dwelling housing from the R2 zone. Public consultation of the change is anticipated to commence in August 2018, with the matter to be finalised before the expiration of the 12 month deferral.