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In the area immediately surrounding the Urban Core Zone, there will be a diverse range of houses. They’ll be within walking distance of shops, services, the O-Bahn interchange and attractive parks and open space. 

There will be a wide range of housing styles including: 

  • Apartments and flats
  • Row and terrace houses
  • Group dwellings
  • Mews style dwellings
  • Supported accommodation
  • Medium to high density student accommodation 

Depending on where they are located, the new developments will be designed as 2 or 3 storeys with a density of between 40 and 67 dwellings per hectare (average of 150 – 300m2 site area per dwelling). For a traditional sized residential allotment, this might work out to 2 – 5 new dwellings per allotment.

Refer to: Concept Plan Map TTG/14 - Residential Growth Policy Area Densities and Building Heights in the Development Plan - page 517 

Key requirements:

Minimum setback from primary road frontage: 3m and 2m for balconies, porticos and verandahs

Minimum setback from secondary road frontage: 0.9m 

Minumum setback from side boundaries: 

  • 0m for 1 storey for max length of 10m 
  • 1m for 2 storey 
  • 2m for 3 storey 
  • 3m for 4 storey 

Minimum setback from rear boundary:

  • 3mNote: Rear setbacks may need to be increased to reduce potential impacts caused by overshadowing or building size.

Minimum setback from a rear access way: Not applicable

Minimum number of onsite car parking spaces: 

  • 0 per studio - no separate bedroom
  • 1 covered per one or two bedroom dwelling plus 0.5 per dwelling for visitor parking when part of a development involving more than one dwelling
  • 2 (1 covered and 1 visitor) per three or more bedroom dwelling

Precinct 7 Amalgamation: It’s planned that traditional allotments will be amalgamated into sites of 1400m2 or more. These will be developed for apartments or townhouses up to 4 storeys high and at a density of more than 67 dwellings per hectare. This could see 9 or more apartments or townhouses being developed on two amalgamated traditional sized allotments. 

Residential density: Between 35 and 67 dwellings per hectare unless located in Precinct 7 amalgamation which seeks a density of between 67 and 140 dwellings per hectare.

Please note: The above is a summary only - refer to TTG Development Plan for Desired Character Statements for each zone and policy area and for design requirements relating to specific development and sites.

Calculate net residential densities

To determine average site area required per dwelling:
Average site area = 10,000/net density
eg 10,000/67 dwellings per hectare = 149 square metres per dwelling

To determine how many dwellings are desirable on an allotment:
Number of dwellings = (Allotment area/10,000) x desired density
eg (700 square metre allotment / 10,000) x 67 dwellings per hectare = 4.7 dwellings

To determine density of an existing development:
Net density = 10,000 / (site area/number of dwellings)
eg: 10,000 / (700 / 2 dwellings) = net residential density of 29 dwellings per hectare 

Access our Urban Design Advisory service for helpful design advice to achieve the best design, planning and development outcomes.

For more information on developing in Modbury, contact our Planning team on 8397 7444.

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