Design Guide Testing: Planning Reform for Better Design


CODA was engaged by the WA Department of Planning to review their draft Planning Reform for Better Design, which focuses on design policy that will inform the creation of a new State Planning Policy (SPP). The SPP will seek to provide new controls for Multi-Residential Apartments relating to architecture, urban design, landscape and environmentally sensitive design

This project required CODA to provide a comparison between three selected benchmark developments on small narrow lots, which were approved under the current R-Codes criteria, and three alternative design scenarios prepared in reference to the proposed new Design Guides. For each scenario, CODA was required to produce a set of plans at different levels and inform those plans with a summary of achievable development outcomes. The key findings were compiled into a report that will assist the Department of Planning’s planning reform process.