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Welcomes the new Medium Density Code in WA

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Welcomes the new Medium Density Code in WA

Media release
HIA supports the WA Government's Action for Planning Reform.

HIA Executive Director Michael McGowan says HIA supports the McGowan Government’s action for planning reform, which includes the revision of policies and codes.

“It is recognised that the current Residential Design Codes are breaking down with modern lot types and building methods, especially through suburban infill locations.

“The Medium Density Code better considers economical building methods, the National Construction Code and established trends like modular construction.

“HIA remains cautiously optimistic about the new Medium Density Code, housing stock will be improved but it will be more resource heavy to deliver it. HIA’s primary concern remains with the affordability of houses designed to the new Code.

“Industry will have to adapt to the new Code and the transition periods are welcome. It should also allow many Local Governments time to align their Local Schemes and Policies ahead of the adoption date.

“While the new Code likely addresses many Local Government and community concerns, members worry that the Code has the potential to force two-storey outcomes for some of the simplest homes.

“HIA congratulates the McGowan Government for adopting HIA’s recommendation of site area concessions, and the removal of occupancy restrictions to incentivise the development of gold level accessible houses and encourage greater housing diversity and opportunity for ageing in place.

“HIA looks forward to continuing working on the code with the State Government over the next 2 years prior to the implementation of the code in Greenfields developments. said Mr McGowan.

For more information please contact:

Michael McGowan

Executive Director - Western Australia
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