Developers Bypass DA with Complying Development for Medium Density Housing

CAAN Photo; Example of a Mid Century low-rise cottage in a garden setting … imagine a concrete cavern of a duplex like this nextdoor? Or 10 Townhouses … as previously featured on CAAN Facebook!

CAAN Photo: An ugly oversized development forward of the setback; out of character …

‘The Medium-Density Housing Code’ has been rebadged to be known as the ‘Low Rise Housing Diversity Code’ and the ‘Low Rise Housing Diversity Design Guide’

BECAUSE, if, as Planning Minister Stokes has said that ‘the code allowed for well-designed “missing middle” housing to be determined through a complying development code ‘

LET’S hope this will be ‘a miracle‘ that will wave a magic wand over Sydney because until now we have not been seeing it! But rather massive over-sized fugly developments … built forward of the setback … much higher than their two-storey neighbours … too close to fences … and out of character!


CAAN Photo: Picture this gorgeous low-rise Mid Century cottage with a ‘Manor House’ imposed upon it nextdoor … forward of its setback … up too close for comfort … occupying most of the building block … gone are the trees and garden … and now in shade from something like this Manor House!


CAAN Photo: a new Manor House as proposed for the Ryde LGA. What is missing from ‘the Missing Middle’ are trees and gardens. This one is built onto the street at the side and close to the street at the front. One could imagine design perhaps? Narrow access to underground parking at the rear to impose upon its neighbour …

DATING back to June 2016 we found a proposal from the Planning Institute of Australia for well-designed missing middle housing. The PIA regarded the delivery of a wider diversity and increased supply of medium density housing stock in the right locations as important for managing ‘population growth, housing affordability and addressing future housing needs as set out in their National Housing Position Statement … ‘



The PIA went further to propose that the initiatives should seek to:

-improve the range of housing choice;

· improve design quality;

· reduce approval process time and development risks;

· address affordability; and

· offer incentives to locate denser housing in accessible and high amenity areas.

The thrust of the policy responds to the increasingly diverse lifestyles and housing needs of our major urban areas, including smaller household sizes and an aging population.

TODAY in the SMH Mr Stokes is reported as saying the code allowed for well-designed “missing-middle” housing to be determined through a code for complying development in local government areas previously zoned for medium density!

IT might be a good idea to email your concerns to the NSW Planning Minister and local MPs …