The codes are a general density guideline based on 1 hectare or 10,000sqm. If it’s zoned R40, that means you are in theory able to fit 40 dwellings in that 1 hectare ie 250sqm per lot. The higher the number ie R60, R100 equates to higher density.
Hope that helps.
Now, as I’m no expert myself, what does it mean when a property has “R17.5/R40” zoning (for example)…bad sector in my brain…was explained to me once but I forgot. [blush2]
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Same here, finally downloaded the PDFs but could not get them to work too.
But this might help:
R-Codes – The common name for the residential housing density codes, which describe the average land area required for the construction of a dwelling on a block of land. The R-codes are often referred by property developers who are considering the redevelopment potential of a property. To calculate the land areas applying to each R-code simply divide the number 10,000 by the R-code. For instance, an R-20 zoning, which is common in Perth, would require 500 square metres of land area for each dwelling.
We have a property with a “R17.5 / R30” zoning. I went to the council and asked what it was all about.
The R17.5 (lower density code) was the one assigned to the block if we decided to develop it and only wanted to jump through x number of hoops.
The R30 (higher density code) was the one assigned to the block if we decided to develop it and wanted to jump through 3x number of hoops. It really is quite painful (both in terms of time and money and physical restrictions) to conform to all of the more onerous regulations to eventually be granted the higher density coding.
If the property has dual zoning eg: R17.5/R30 then either of these can apply. You have to get all the normal council approvals.
I have a copy of the R-codes and can email it to anyone who wants a copy. Just send me an email.
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You can download the R codes from most council websites
To calculate the land areas applying to each R-code simply divide the number 10,000 by the R-code. For instance, an R-20 zoning, which is common in Perth, would require 500 square metres of land area for each dwelling
It gets even worse, apparently old codes were Residential Planning Codes, new ones are Residential Design Codes and then there's the planned changes for R20
2008 Residential Design Codes
The 2008 R-Codes were gazetted on Tuesday 29 April 2008 and apply to any application assessed from this date.
The change applicable in R20 areas requiring an increase in the average site area for grouped dwelling developments from 450 m2 to 500 m2 does not take effect until 30 April 2009. Applications received up to and including the 30 April 2009 will be determined on the 450 m2 average site area.