Review of Split Density Codes and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Schedule Policy

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We've reviewed the City's Split Density Codes and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Schedule local planning policy.

The policy sets out the four pathways to access higher residential density codes in areas subject to split density codes under Local Planning Scheme No. 4.

We’re proposing to update the policy to achieve better heritage conservation and sustainability outcomes. We’d now like to hear your thoughts on those proposals.

Draft Split Density Codes and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Schedule Policy

The City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4 map identifies several areas that are subject to split residential density codes (e.g. R20/25). Clause 4.3.4 of the Scheme sets out specific requirements that must be addressed by applicants seeking to access the higher codes, otherwise the lower codes apply. By accessing the higher codes, it may be possible to construct a greater number of dwellings on the land area available. The policy is intended to provide further direction on the application of clause 4.3.4 and to guide applicants seeking to access the higher codes, and decision-makers in assessing proposals.

The policy sets four pathways to access the higher codes. These are:

  • Retention of a building of cultural heritage significance on the lot
  • Provision of “low-income housing”
  • Buildings designed in accordance with Council’s energy efficiency schedule
  • Removal of a non-conforming use.

A review of the policy has been undertaken and it has been identified that some of the requirements are in need of update or improvement, to help achieve better outcomes. In addition to updated sections outlining the statutory background, introduction and purpose and objectives of the policy, a number of other minor updates are proposed. These include:

  • A requirement to submit a schedule of conservation works to be undertaken to achieve a positive conservation outcome, when retaining a building of cultural heritage significance;
  • A requirement that any dwelling be designed and constructed to a Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) star rating a minimum of one star in excess of the current energy efficiency requirement of the Building Codes of Australia for class 1A buildings;
  • A requirement that any photovoltaic solar panel systems have a 3kW output, rather than the current 1.5kW;
  • An option to register an existing tree on the City’s Significant Tree and Vegetation Areas Register and retain it in lieu of installing a water tank or greywater reuse system; and
  • A requirement to specify solar, electric heat pump or PV-connected electric storage water heaters and electric (non-gas) cooking appliances.

Further Information

Further information on these proposals can be found in the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee meeting minute and draft policy document (with changes highlighted in red) listed under 'Important Documents' to your right. Answers to the most commonly asked questions can be found under 'Q & A'.

Have Your Say

The City would welcome your comments and our officers will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have. You can contact officers on (08) 9432 9999 or via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. Submissions may be lodged using the online comment form below, via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au, or in writing to City of Fremantle, P.O. Box 807, FREMANTLE WA 6959.

Please ensure that any submissions are lodged before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 22 November 2021.

We've reviewed the City's Split Density Codes and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Schedule local planning policy.

The policy sets out the four pathways to access higher residential density codes in areas subject to split density codes under Local Planning Scheme No. 4.

We’re proposing to update the policy to achieve better heritage conservation and sustainability outcomes. We’d now like to hear your thoughts on those proposals.

Draft Split Density Codes and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Schedule Policy

The City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 4 map identifies several areas that are subject to split residential density codes (e.g. R20/25). Clause 4.3.4 of the Scheme sets out specific requirements that must be addressed by applicants seeking to access the higher codes, otherwise the lower codes apply. By accessing the higher codes, it may be possible to construct a greater number of dwellings on the land area available. The policy is intended to provide further direction on the application of clause 4.3.4 and to guide applicants seeking to access the higher codes, and decision-makers in assessing proposals.

The policy sets four pathways to access the higher codes. These are:

  • Retention of a building of cultural heritage significance on the lot
  • Provision of “low-income housing”
  • Buildings designed in accordance with Council’s energy efficiency schedule
  • Removal of a non-conforming use.

A review of the policy has been undertaken and it has been identified that some of the requirements are in need of update or improvement, to help achieve better outcomes. In addition to updated sections outlining the statutory background, introduction and purpose and objectives of the policy, a number of other minor updates are proposed. These include:

  • A requirement to submit a schedule of conservation works to be undertaken to achieve a positive conservation outcome, when retaining a building of cultural heritage significance;
  • A requirement that any dwelling be designed and constructed to a Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) star rating a minimum of one star in excess of the current energy efficiency requirement of the Building Codes of Australia for class 1A buildings;
  • A requirement that any photovoltaic solar panel systems have a 3kW output, rather than the current 1.5kW;
  • An option to register an existing tree on the City’s Significant Tree and Vegetation Areas Register and retain it in lieu of installing a water tank or greywater reuse system; and
  • A requirement to specify solar, electric heat pump or PV-connected electric storage water heaters and electric (non-gas) cooking appliances.

Further Information

Further information on these proposals can be found in the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee meeting minute and draft policy document (with changes highlighted in red) listed under 'Important Documents' to your right. Answers to the most commonly asked questions can be found under 'Q & A'.

Have Your Say

The City would welcome your comments and our officers will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have. You can contact officers on (08) 9432 9999 or via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. Submissions may be lodged using the online comment form below, via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au, or in writing to City of Fremantle, P.O. Box 807, FREMANTLE WA 6959.

Please ensure that any submissions are lodged before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 22 November 2021.

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