Medium Density Housing

The NSW Government is in the process of changing planning rules to introduce a new framework for medium density housing.

When implemented, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code (the Code) will allow for terrace houses and manor houses (two-storey buildings containing three or four dwellings) on some larger sites in some medium-density areas in Liverpool. It will also allow certain developments to be approved with a Complying Development Certificate.

The NSW Government has deferred the implementation of the Code for 45 Local Government Areas (including the Liverpool LGA) until 1 July 2020.

  1. The NSW Government has created the Medium Density Housing Code, which introduces two new housing types:
    • Terraced houses - A row of houses, where neighbouring walls are shared.
    • Manor houses - Two-storey buildings containing three to four homes.
  2. Dual-occupancy developments will be eligible to be approved with a Complying Development Certificate in zones where dual occupancies are permitted by Council.

A complying development certificate is a faster approval process for straightforward developments.

If the application meets specific criteria, it can be determined by Council or an accredited certifier.

Before the State Government introduced the medium-density housing code, complying development was only available for one-and two-storey houses.

This method of approval can only be used on developments that fully comply with the NSW Government’s new medium-density housing code.

Nearby residents are informed of the development, but there is no opportunity for them to comment on the development through the usual development application submission process.

The effect of the new rules will differ depending on your suburb and zoning.

Where

Zone

Are the new housing types permissible?

Edmondson Park and Middleton Grange

R1

Yes, but only terraced houses and manor houses

Austral, Edmondson Park South, Leppington

R2

Yes, manor houses, dual occupancies and terraced houses

Austral, Edmondson Park South, Leppington

R3

Yes, manor houses, dual occupancies and terraced houses

Other suburbs

R2

None of the new housing types are permissible

Other suburbs

R3

Yes, manor houses, dual occupancies and terraced houses

Proposed developments must meet other criteria, to be approved through the Medium Density Code including minimum lot sizes and frontage.

Properties that are heritage-listed or within conservation areas are excluded from the Code.

Further information on the Medium Density Housing Code can be found on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.

To find out the zoning of your land, visit Council's ePlanning portal or apply for a planning certificate.