Submission on Options for Low Rise Medium Density Housing as Complying Development

Submission on Options for Low Rise Medium Density Housing as Complying Development

February 2016 - Download PDF

The NSW Government is proposing to expand complying development rules to allow medium density housing – such as dual occupancies, manor houses and 3 to 10 dwellings on a single lot – to be assessed and certified by private certifiers under a code, rather than through a development assessment process.

EDO NSW's submission emphasises that:

  • exempt and complying development processes must only be used for genuinely minor, low-impact developments;
  • exempt and complying development should not occur in environmentally sensitive areas; and
  • cumulative impacts of multiple developments must be taken into account.

We also submit that use of the code should not be extended, even for low-impact developments, until serious accountability, quality control and transparency issues are addressed in relation to the use of private certifiers, and until building efficiency and sustainability standards have been strengthened.