Small Lot Housing Code – Stage 2 – Standards Review

SLHC2 consultation extended until Monday 22 August 2022

The VPA have received multiple requests for additional time to submit on draft Amendment GC206.

To ensure industry feedback can be considered by the VPA in finalisation of the Small Lot Housing Code 2 project, the VPA have extended the consultation period until Monday 22 August 2022.

This will ensure interested parties can make submissions, and these be considered before the project progresses.

Small Lot Housing Code – Stage 2 – Standards Review

The  Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) are excited to commence public consultation on the Small Lot Housing Code 2 (SLHC2) project.  

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 60 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 (60-150sqm). 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 60 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. An approximate 3-year transition is proposed. 

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 propose to support the SLHC with a revised Practice Note that accompanies the SLHC on public consultation.  

The VPA also intend to prepare 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. 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

Making a submission

The VPA is seeking your views on the proposed changes to the Type A and B Standards, the new Type C as well as the guiding documentation supporting the proposed changes. This includes the practice note, the guidance explainer and proposed transitional provisions.

Submissions must be made in writing by Monday 22 August 2022.

Further information on submissions can be found here: https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/slhc2/p/submission/

Funding 

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

Next steps  

The VPA will review 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.  

Making a submission

The VPA is seeking your views on the proposed changes to the Type A and B Standards, the new Type C as well as the guiding documentation supporting the proposed changes. This includes the practice note, the guidance explainer and proposed transitional provisions.

Submissions must be made in writing by Monday 22 August 2022.

Further information on submissions can be found here: https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/slhc2/p/submission/

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