Small Lot Housing Code – Stage 2 – Standards Review

Small Lot Housing Code – Stage 2 – Standards Review

The  Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) have closed public consultation on the Small Lot Housing Code 2 (SLHC2) project. The submissions are currently being reviewed to inform the final draft Planning Scheme Amendment package that will be sent for consideration to the Minister for Planning. 

The SLHC2 project seeks to develop a new typology (Type C) and where possible, update Type A and Type B standards to improve urban design/built form outcomes that were identified in the Stage 1 review (2019) but were outside the scope of that project.

For further information, refer to Small Lot Housing Code.

Outcomes

  • Deliver an update to the Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC) to introduce a new ‘Type C’ lot that will facilitate the delivery of dwellings on lots between 75 and 150sqm.
  • Update the Type A and Type B standards that were identified in the Stage 1 review and to improve to design outcomes where possible to align with Type C standards. These updates may require transitional provisions to avoid disruption to imminent building permit being issued. 
  • Prepare draft planning scheme amendment GC206 to introduce the updated SLHC.  
  • Update the Practice Note to reflect the changes to the SLHC. 
  • Provide improved guidance for the preferred location of SLHC product. 

Summary of changes 

Type C Standards 

The creation of a Type C builds on the increase in demand to deliver diverse housing outcomes on smaller lots. The current SLHC and defined standards generally do not deliver built form on a significantly smaller lot size (75-150sqm). Developer and industry expressed interest during the Stage 1 review, completed in 2019, the need to consider codifying housing standards for this area of the market. 

The Type C Standards are a new set of Standards aimed at facilitating dwellings on lots as low as 75 square metres. These Standards differ from the Type A and B standards and allow for a greater utilisation of the land, but still ensure streetscape amenity is provided.  

Type C changes proposed are provided in the documentation linked below. Given all these Standards are new, they are not shown as track. 

Type A and B Standards 

Type A and B Standards are proposed to be modified to address feedback received in the Stage 1 review, as well as in response to lessons learnt in the preparation of Type C standards. Some updates in Standards could be implemented immediately without impacting current housing designs compliance, however some modified Standards may result in non-compliance. To ensure dwellings currently using the SLHC it is considered transitional provisions will be required to introduce these Standards.

The changes proposed to both Type A and Type are to the existing code and provided in the link below. Given the changes proposed to the existing code, these changes are shown in track changes. 

Supporting material

The VPA supported the SLHC with a revised Practice Note that accompanied the SLHC on public consultation.  

The VPA prepared a guidance note for Councils and developers on where the SLHC ought to be applied, the anticipated outcomes, and key things to consider when nominating a lot as Type A, B or C.

This material does not form part of the public consultation material, however the details of what is anticipated to be included is detailed at Small Lot Housing Code – Design Guidance Note (PDF). Your input on what this guidance note should contain will assist the development of this guidance material for all users. 

Small lot housing in Aintree

Funding 

The current Small Lot Housing Code, stage 2 is a 2021/2022 Streamlining for Growth funded project. 

Next steps  

The VPA are reviewing submissions made during the public consultation phase to inform the final draft Planning Scheme Amendment package that will be sent for consideration to the Minister for Planning.  

Supporting Documentation

Small Lot Housing Code - Practice Note - Consultation Version - June 2022
Small Lot Housing Code - Practice Note - Consultation Version - June 2022 PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code - Stage 2 - Standards Review - Design Guidance Note - June 2022
Small Lot Housing Code - Stage 2 - Standards Review - Design Guidance Note - June 2022 PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code - Consultation Version - June 2022 - amended
Small Lot Housing Code - Consultation Version - June 2022 - amended PDF  Version
03_37_07sUGZ - Gumnut Example - Track Changes - June 2022
03_37_07sUGZ - Gumnut Example - Track Changes - June 2022 PDF  Version
GC206 - Instruction Sheet - Draft - 7 June 2022
GC206 - Instruction Sheet - Draft - 7 June 2022 PDF  Version
GC206 - Explanatory Report - June 2022
GC206 - Explanatory Report - June 2022 PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 1 (Checkpoint Building Surveyors)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 1 (Checkpoint Building Surveyors) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 2 (Wyndham City Council)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 2 (Wyndham City Council) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 3 (Dennis Family Corporation)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 3 (Dennis Family Corporation) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 4 (Development Victoria)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 4 (Development Victoria) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 5 (MPS Architects)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 5 (MPS Architects) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 6 (Master Builder Association of Victoria)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 6 (Master Builder Association of Victoria) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 7 (Victorian Building Authority)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 7 (Victorian Building Authority) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 8 (Melton City Council
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 8 (Melton City Council PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 9 (Baw Baw Shire Council)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 9 (Baw Baw Shire Council) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 10 (City of Greater Geelong Council)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 10 (City of Greater Geelong Council) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 11 (Code Cert Consultants)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 11 (Code Cert Consultants) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 12 (Henly Homes)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 12 (Henly Homes) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 13 (DJM Building Consultants)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 13 (DJM Building Consultants) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 14 (Housing Industry Association)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 14 (Housing Industry Association) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 15 (Insight Planning)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 15 (Insight Planning) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 16 (Municipal Association of Victoria)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 16 (Municipal Association of Victoria) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 17 (PEET)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 17 (PEET) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 18 (Property Council Victoria)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 18 (Property Council Victoria) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 19 (Urban Development Institute of Australia)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 19 (Urban Development Institute of Australia) PDF  Version
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 20 (Hume City Council)
Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 20 (Hume City Council) PDF  Version
(Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 21 (LendLease)
(Small Lot Housing Code – draft amendment GC206 - Submission 21 (LendLease) PDF  Version