Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, on Friday, chaired a local government and industry forum on the Andrews Labor Government’s Better Apartments discussion paper.
Mayors, council chief executives, planning and policy experts and representatives from industry groups gathered at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston for robust talks about apartment design.
Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, wanted debate to be sparked by the paper, as it highlights issues that effect everyone.
“The Better Apartments discussion paper has stimulated a broad debate about residential needs and market drivers. The level of engagement is encouraging, and I welcome all views as we shape apartment guidelines.
“This forum was about listening to local government, industry and planning experts on issues impacting apartment design and amenity. Today was not about pre-empting outcomes, but instead making sure we continue to consult with experts in this field.”
Mr Wynne, who launched the discussion paper for consultation in May, said all the participants shared a common goal: the desire to encourage innovation and best-practice design in the apartment industry so future buildings offer decades of liveability.
The Andrews Labor Government is taking the lead to guide and inform the debate around apartments to make sure all views are heard before determining the best course of action.
Issues raised at the ministerial forum included:
Apartment sizes, ceiling heights and whether a minimum size should be set
Daylight and borrowed light in bedrooms
Separation between buildings, privacy
Car and bicycle parking
The government’s Better Apartments discussion paper continues to generate healthy debate on housing needs, market demands, affordability and building standards.
The discussion paper has already received more than 500 responses, with the community encouraged to have its say before submissions close 31 July.
Further practitioner and industry workshops are scheduled over the next few months before an options paper is prepared in late 2015. Guidelines are expected to be in place mid-2016.
The discussion paper, an online survey and information about submissions is available via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.