In June 2018, the State government
announced a new Medium Density Housing Code which would have permitted medium
density developments such as townhouses in the R2 low density residential zone.
This was considered undesirable as it would result in over development in areas
which are unsuitable for medium density housing due to environmental
considerations and infrastructure constraints.
In recognition of the concerns raised by
affected councils, the state government granted a one-year moratorium on the
code to allow councils time to update their Local Environmental Plans to ensure
the code would not apply in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone.
Subsequently, Council was the first Council
to propose an amendment to its Local Environment Plan (LEP), to ensure medium
density development could not occur in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone.
LEP amendment was ultimately accepted and gazetted by the state government on
14 June 2019. This means medium density development and application of the Medium Density Housing Code is restricted to the R3, Medium Density Residential Zone.