Proposed ancillary dwelling policy aims to ease housing shortages

Published on Thursday, 19 January 2023 at 8:34:16 AM

A proposed planning policy that aims to help ease housing shortages is now open for public comment.

The draft Local Planning Policy – Ancillary Dwellings would allow ancillary dwellings – commonly known as granny flats – in rural residential zones and peri-urban areas around Mount Barker and Kendenup, bringing these areas into line with residential zones areas within the townsites.

Shire President Chris Pavlovich said the proposed policy would supersede Town Planning Scheme No. 14, which was adopted in 2006.

“The old policy is being reviewed to bring it into line with the Local Planning Scheme, current ‘model definitions’, and community expectations,” Cr Pavlovich said.

“A more flexible approach and support for a variety of housing types in semi-rural areas will go some way towards addressing the current housing crisis.”

“This policy review forms part of a suite of solutions the Shire is pursuing to help address housing shortages.”

“While not traditionally a local government responsibility, the Shire of Plantagenet is taking a proactive approach where feasible on issues of state and national significance, such as housing availability and affordability.”

The proposed policy uses the same definition and base standards as the R-Codes. It sets out guidelines for fire safety, potable water supply, on-site waste-water management, and driveway access.

The proposed policy can be viewed on the Shire’s website and at the Administration Centre.

Submissions must be made in writing by 14 February 2023.

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