Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) today approved a December 4 start for changes to planning regulations that will result in higher standards in designs and will increase control over the number of duplexes in any given street across the region.
Council’s November Ordinary Meeting today approved a Planning and Development Committee recommendation to adopt a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) that will introduce new temporary requirements aimed at improving duplex design.
Today’s adoption follows State Government endorsement of the measures in October.
TRC Strategic Planning and Economic Development portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said Council was committed to achieving a better design standard for duplex developments.
Cr Glasheen said Council had acted on feedback relating to dual occupancy that was submitted during the ‘Where we live’ Medium Density Housing review, especially around design standards.
“Council now has a range of requirements that developers and designers must address before developments can proceed,” Cr Glasheen said.
“The TLPI is a temporary measure for 12 months that will make dual occupancy acceptable in residential areas with building approval, providing it complies with the relevant planning scheme code.
“Council is working to include the broader ‘Where we live’ policy changes, that will replace the temporary TLPI, in the Planning Scheme. Public feedback will be sought on proposed changes before the broader Planning Scheme amendment is finalised next year.
“These new provisions are intended to deliver attractive, well designed housing options throughout the various residential neighbourhoods across the region.
“A principal aim of the new provisions is to achieve an improvement in the character, scale and density of dual occupancy developments to better integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood.
“The new code provisions will require consideration of matters such as the prevention of clustering, privacy, streetscape, fencing, car parking, pedestrian access, landscaping, building layout, stormwater discharge and the protection of street trees.”
Cr Glasheen said advice about the impending changes had been relayed to people in the industry and that Council was committed to providing supporting information to help people understand and apply the new rules.