Key changes flagged for the Wagga Wagga Development Control (WWDCP) 2010
A report will be presented to council’s Policy & Strategy Committee meeting next Tuesday evening (14th June 2016) regarding proposed amendments to the DCP (Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010).
These key changes include the following;
A. Variations to numerical controls, refer Section 1.11.
Council staff can currently approve variations to the DCP where numerical controls are proposed to be varied by not more than 10 percent. Variations greater than 10 percent are required to be reported to a council meeting for determination.
The proposed amendment provides council staff with the delegated authority to also determine applications where the numerical controls are proposed to be varied by more than 10 percent, in respect of dwellings, dual occupancies and ancillary development only.
B. Solar access to living rooms, refer Section 9.3.4
The DCP currently requires 3 hours of direct sunlight to be provided to the main living area of new dwellings (including dual occupancies, multi-dwelling housing, residential flat developments, shop top housing and secondary dwellings).
The proposed amendment removes this requirement, although the design of these dwellings should still be recognisant of the amenity provided by a high level of solar access. A minimum of 3 hours of direct sunlight to the private open space area will still be required.
C. Maximum outbuilding sizes, refer Section 9.4.4
The DCP currently provides for controls on the maximum size of outbuildings on residential land, generally up to 8 percent of the total area of the subject property.
The proposed amendment removes these controls. The assessment of this will become subjective in the absence of numerical controls.
D. Side setbacks for residential development in the R5 Large Lot Residential zone, refer Section 9.3.7.
The DCP currently requires a side setback of 2 metres for lots in the R5 zone.
The proposed amendment removes this requirement. A side setback requirement of 10 metres remains for lots in the RU1, RU2 and RU4 zones.
These proposed amendments will be presented to the meeting next Tuesday evening. Industry stakeholders and other interested community members can take the opportunity to voice their support or otherwise for these changes to the elected councillors prior to the meeting. If endorsed by the councillors, these proposed DCP amendments will proceed to the community consultation phase and be placed on exhibition.
Stay tuned for further updates on these key changes to the DCP.