You may have heard tell of the low rise medium density housing code or even the design guide, but what do they refer to? While the codes are created to encourage homeowners and builders to construct more low rise medium density homes in Sydney and across New South Wales in general, low rise medium density housing relates specifically to one and two storey homes which are more compact than traditional full-size home. Low rise medium density houses tend to be smaller than homes or bungalows, but larger than apartments, and go a long way to providing affordable homes with all the same facilities as their larger counterparts.
Not everyone wants a large home. Australian couples looking to start a family or even retirees and empty nesters are looking for something smaller without the maintenance of a larger property, and that’s why low rise medium density housing is so appealing. These types of builds are limited to two-storeys to fit into most streetscapes without negatively affecting the view or the character of the already established neighbourhood. They tend to be located near to all amenities and are built on smaller lots, providing a wonderful option for those looking to rent or buy.
In an effort by the government to encourage more properties of this type, builders looking to invest in low rise medium density housing will find that the rules and regulations are quite straightforward. This relatively new streamlined process allows a builder or landowner to gain low rise medium density housing build consent from a private certifier in the form of a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) without the need to go through a local government body. While the CDC only applies to R1, R2, R3 and RU5 zones where medium density homes are already permitted, the certificate will provide the added benefit of a quicker turnaround time for approval and ultimately construction.
Medium density housing is a great option for the country providing a diversity of homes to suit Australia’s changing population. As house prices continue to increase, it is these properties which will fill the housing requirement for young families and the older population. As our population is expected to reach 1.75 million by 2036, low rise medium density housing will help by meeting the need of our ever-growing population. The fast track approval process will ensure that buildings of this type can be produced quicker and more consistently providing greater housing options and fewer property shortages.