Dual Occ-Torrens : Low Rise Medium Density

New provisions in the Codes SEPP commence on 6 July 2018.  The new legislation is aimed at restoring the missing middle to the housing market, namely one and two storey dual occupancy, manor houses and terraces.

Amendments to the Subdivision Code allow subdivision of dwellings approved by the new housing code by Torrens Title.  Torrens title subdivision applies to properties where there are no horizontal overlaps. 

A DA from Council for the construction of a dual occupancy or low rise medium density development will not be required. Instead, a Building Certifier will issue a Complying Development Certificate under the new Part 3B of the amended Code.

The amended Code now allows a B1 Accredited Certifier to issue the Subdivision Certificate for Torrens Subdivision, instead of Council.

Where Torrens is being considered, applicants need to be conversant with the different requirements of servicing authorities.

Strata Subdivision is also available for Medium Density Housing approved under the new Code. 

The SEPP will override the LEP where the latter is based upon the Standard Instrument.

You can visit the State Governments planning portal to do a property search on the land zoning, LEP, floor space ratio, height of building and minimum lot size as well as lot and DP details and Council Contact Details.

The minimum lot size for a Torrens title lot under the code “must be at least:

(i) 60% of the minimum size specified for the subdivision of land for the purpose of a dual occupancy in the environmental planning instrument that applies to the land, or

(ii) if no minimum size is specified—200m²,

(e) if the subdivision relates to multi dwelling housing (terraces), the area

of each resulting lot must be at least 200m².”

This short 45 second video explains the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code.

Click this link for the legislation.  Refer to pages 61-72 for the amendment to the subdivision code.

Click this link to download the Medium Density Design Guide (210 pages).

Australia Day Seminar 2018

Prepared by Adrian Barden for ISNSW 2018

Outline of Presentation

  • Lodgment Rules
  • DM & Longbow v Willoughby Council (2017) NSWLEC 173
  • The Matrix
  • Base Line
  • Encroachments onto street
  • Critical Path

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ISNSW 2018 Workshop

Prepared by Adrian Barden for ISNSW 2018

Outline of Presentation

  • concept of shared ownership
  • components of strata plan
  • legislation
  • part strata
  • staged strata
  • tips and tricks

Click here to download the powerpoint presentation

Click here to download the supplimentary notes

Click here to link to the strata fast facts

Link to the Registrar General Guidelines

Click here to download the lodgment rules

Strata Update September 2014

Prepared by Gordon Wren for Association of Accredited Certifiers September 2014

Outline of Presentation

  • Subdivision & Strata Certification
  • Strata Subdivision as Complying Development
  • Some Interesting Statistics
  • Issues affecting Strata Certification
  • Examples & Case Studies

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ISNSW May 2014

Prepared by Gordon Wren for ISNSW May 2014

Outline of Presentation

  • What is Subdivision & Strata Certification?
  • Strata Subdivision as Complying Development
  • Some Statistics
  • Issues affecting Strata Certification

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When should you appoint a Strata Certifier

This is an article to discuss what a strata certifier is, and when you should appoint one.

Surveying - a changing profession

How many people still visualise a “Surveyor” as a rough and rugged individual, setting  off for the bush to parts unknown with a pack horse and a menagerie trailing behind in his wake.  Ah, such a romantic picture of days gone by -  but what of  to-day’s image? A dusty and sweaty forlorn type bashing in pegs to get the linen plan to Council before the client (oblivious to the monsoonal conditions) rings a fourth time complaining of delays?  A cool calm professional sitting in the office, e-mailing, downloading off the net, consulting the latest GIS database and forwarding valuable information down into cyberspace?

Strata Certificates Advantages

Strata Certificates can be issued by either Council or a private accredited certifier. Discuss the advantage, options with regards to developer and purchasers.

Strata Subdivision as Complying Development

Recently, there has been amendments to legislation that now makes strata subdivision complying development across all Councils in NSW.