Earlier this year, industry groups, local governments and community members shared their views online and through a series of workshops on the draft medium density policy.
Submissions indicated broad support for options to improve design quality in residential developments up to four storeys that will also increase housing diversity and choice. Proposals for increased outdoor living areas in developments of greater density and the retention of tree canopy across our suburbs were also generally supported.
Requests were also received for additional consultation on key policy provisions and changes to the proposed implementation and transition timeline.
In response, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will undertake a detailed review and analysis of all submissions received, refine and test policy settings, engage key stakeholders and continue feasibility testing over the next 12 months.
We are targeting the finalisation of the code, the first half of next year - and its implementation by the second half of next year.
Consideration will also be given to recent changes to the National Construction Code that may need to be applied to the policy.
The draft planning policy is the latest in the McGowan Government's suite of Design WA policies to ensure design excellence is at the heart of all new developments to deliver lasting community benefits across the State.
With an ageing population, greater demand for housing affordability and more diversity in housing choice, the McGowan Government has prioritised finalising a new medium density policy as a key pillar of the next phase of planning reform.
For more information, visit the Medium Density page.
Read the full media statement - Medium density policy proceeds to next stage of development