Subdividing and Developing Your Perth Property
The subdivision and development potential of a property will depend on the zoning (R-Code) of the property and the block size. Generally, the higher the zoning the more dwellings (units) that can be built on the land. Your Architect will advise you if the property has any subdivision and development potential.
There are other factors that may also affect the subdivision and development potential of a property. These include the local council’s own unique set of guidelines (Town Planning Policy), the shape and slope of the block, easements, as well as sewer and drainage issues.
Also, depending on the location and significance of the home, there could be heritage restrictions that may limit the development potential of the property. Your Architect can give you advice as to how, or if these issues will affect you.
Keeping The Existing Home
Sometimes it's possible to retain the existing home on the block whilst subdividing or developing the rear of the property. Firstly, there needs to be sufficient distance (setback) between the side boundary and the existing home. This is required to allow vehicular access to the rear block or units, as per the Residential Design Codes.
If there is the required setback, then there is no need to demolish or modify the existing home. The house can then be retained and renovated to form part of the development. However, if there isn't the required distance from the boundary, the existing house can sometimes be modified to achieve the required setback.
Demolishing The Existing Home
If the position of the existing home on the block is not ideal, it may affect maximising the potential number of units on the property. If that is the case, it may be better to demolish the existing house. This would allow you to build the maximum number of units on the land or subdivide it into the maximum number of lots.
Every property is different and there is no specific formula that can be applied to every property in Perth. Your Architect will advise you if the existing house can be retained as part of the development, or if it needs to be demolished in order to maximise the development potential of the property.
If you are looking at developing a property with a heritage listed house on the block, you need to know what restrictions there are on the property. If the house can't be demolished, then it may limit your ability to maximise the development potential of the property. Some councils offer developers concessions and bonuses if the existing heritage home can be retained or somehow incorporated into the development.
Perth Residential Architect is available to help you subdivide and develop your property.
Perth Home Design Guides
We have developed 2 unique home design guides for people wanting to build their perfect dream home. These guides were developed as a result of 30 years of expertise and experience designing new homes as well as extensions and renovations for clients all over the Perth metropolitan area.
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