Design Guide Testing: Planning Reform for Better Design

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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.