New NSW proposal may bring terraces back to Sydney

The New South Wales Government has said that building new terraces could be the answer to Sydney’s affordability crisis.

The release of a draft Medium Density Design Guide by the NSW Government will help make it easier to build well-designed low rise, medium density homes across NSW. SydneyTerraces

Within the next year terraces, townhouses and dual occupancy dwellings are likely to start popping up in Sydney’s middle ring – a vast expanse of suburbs stretching from the northern beaches through Parramatta, the Canterbury-Bankstown region and down to Botany Bay – if  these new guidelines proceed.

The majority of homes currently under construction in NSW are freestanding houses and apartments, however a third of homeowners surveyed by the Department of Planning said they would consider downsizing to terraces – preferences which are being driven by changing lifestyles and demographics.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the draft policy is intended to encourage more and better designed terraces, townhouses and dual occupancies (two houses on one block) in response to demand for this versatile housing type. 

“Sydney needs more choice in housing types than we are currently building and this policy will help to deliver better quality medium-density homes,” Mr Stokes said.

“This type of housing has the added benefit of generally being more affordable too because it requires less land area.”

Guide will remove need for development applications

The draft Medium Density Housing Code contains building and design standards that promote a streamlined assessment of proposals and will apply across NSW.  sydney

The code will allow a range of homes – including townhouses, terraces, dual occupancies and manor homes – to be assessed as complying development as long as they meet specific design standards, saving time and money for homeowners.

Complying development is faster than traditional development applications, taking about 22 days compared to 71 days as it meets already agreed stringent standards and local council zoning requirements.

Proposed two storey building height limits are designed to ensure the size and scale of complying development is low rise and will easily fit into established streetscapes.


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George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.

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