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Landscape Clauses In Low Rise Housing Diversity Code Fixed

September 03, 2020

HIA has today been advised that urgently required amendments to landscaping clauses in the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (the Code) have been published on the NSW Legislation website.

HIA raised these issues with the NSW Government, requesting an urgent amendment to Clause 3B.15 Minimum landscaped area of the Code. Since the Code commenced across NSW on 1 July 2020, the provisions of Clause 3B.15 have been unworkable for dual occupancy developments and an urgent fix was needed.

Clause 3B.15 (1) now specifies that the minimum landscaped area to be provided for a dual occupancy development is 50 per cent of the parent lot area minus 100m2, with the words ‘for each dwelling’ deleted.

Clause 3B.15 (2A) now specifies that 50 per cent of the area required to be landscaped under subclause (1) must be located behind the building line, rather than ‘at least 50 per cent of the area of the lot behind the building line must be landscaped’.

Members with further questions about the Code can contact HIA's Planning team.

For further information please call on 1300 650 620.