Submissions open for the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) until 31 March 2021.
In 1994 Leichhardt Council earned the ire of the Electricity Commission and National and International awards when it adopted a DCP that required developments to be energy efficient. In those days it meant installing solar hot water systems, insulation, natural drying facilities and deep eaves.
Eventually the state government implemented BASIX. I was surprised to learn that apparments have lower BASIX requirements than single dwellings.
Canberra has stopped gas reticulation in new areas.
My thing is:
- energy efficiency,
- passive design for thermal comfort,
- solar access (this seems to have been reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours),
- natural drying,
- natural ventilation to capture cooling southerlies,
- room for deep soil, vegetation,
- permeable surfaces.
- More recently Bicycle Access, storage and charging.
From the dept of planning:
"We are bringing planning processes up to date and making them easier. The new Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) is part of a broader review of all our SEPPs and aims to simplify and consolidate how to deliver good design in NSW."
"Submissions are now open for the Design and Place SEPP Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE). Follow the link below and share with us your views on the design of places in NSW:
The public exhibition will allow us to work closely with state government, local councils, industry peak bodies and communities. This process will inform the development of the Design and Place SEPP and safeguard our shared values for future development in NSW. We will draft the policy in 2021, following the review of the formal submissions and feedback. Submissions are open from now until 31 March 2021. "
"The final Design and Place SEPP will go on public exhibition later in 2021 to provide more opportunities for feedback. We will also develop supporting guidance and tools alongside the policy. These include a revision to the Apartment Design Guide, improvements to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) tool and the development of a new Public Space and Urban Design Guide."