4.5 Attached Dwellings


  1. Encourage high quality residential developments which feature a high standard of urban design and provide a high level of amenity for residents;
  2. Ensure that development sites have sufficient site area to accommodate appropriate setbacks and open space areas, including areas for deep soil planting and natural site drainage;
  3. To ensure that each new dwelling provides a sufficient amount of storage for elements such as garden equipment and bicycles; and
  4. To ensure waste storage areas and waste collection areas are designed to be compatible with the streetscape, accessible, clean and safe for all users and collectors.


  1. Attached dwelling development must comply with the controls in Sections 4.2.1- 4.2.12 (General Residential Development Controls), except where the controls in this chapter differ, in which case the controls in this chapter and Table 4-6 take precedence.
  2. Attached housing sites are to have direct frontage to a public road (i.e. not on battle-axe lots).
  3. Subdivision of lots for Torrens title attached dwellings must take into account that construction will be in ‘sets’. A ‘set’ is a group of attached dwellings built together at the same time that are designed and constructed independently from other dwellings.
  4. The maximum number of attached dwellings permissible in a set is six.
  5. The composition of sets needs to be determined in the subdivision design to take into account the lot width required for a side setback to the end dwellings in each set.
  6. Attached dwellings should have a unified design for the whole development, a coordinated style and base colour palette. Individuality can be added as small details or accent colours, rather than strikingly different forms.
  7. At least one habitable room is to be located at the front of each dwelling addressing the street and / or internal driveway.
  8. PPOS must be directly accessible from the main living area.
  9. Traffic calming measures should be provided to ensure a safer vehicle and pedestrian environment.
  10. Driveways, manoeuvring areas, parking areas and garages are to be located away from bedrooms.
  11. Internal driveways must be the smallest configuration possible while allowing for vehicle manoeuvrability and landscaping.
  12. Internal driveways should avoid long gun barrel appearance. The alignment of driveways should:
    1. be varied to avoid a straight gun barrel appearance, particularly when parking is at grade; and
    2. be flanked by landscaped verges to soften development on either side.
  13. Each dwelling must provide a minimum storage area of 8m3. This space is to be provided exclusively for storage purposes and must be provided in addition to any garage space.
  14. Where possible, garages for attached dwellings should be located at the rear of the lot.

Image and legibility

  1. The proposed development should:
    1. blend in with its surroundings and/or be in keeping with the character of the area.
    2. be designed to be compatible with the streetscape and be attractive when viewed within the site.
    3. create an appearance of a single or grouped dwellings that are separated by gardens and ancillary structures, with facades designed to incorporate a variety of materials and shading structures.
    4. avoid repeating designs used in other developments, particularly those located in close proximity to the proposal. It is, however, recognised that there may be instances in a planned development where repetition of a design element is used to create a theme development. These proposals will be considered on the merit of the design. Forms of differentiation and interest are encouraged in all dwellings.

Access and entries

  1. The proposed development should:
    1. minimise vehicular and pedestrian entry and exit points to the site.
    2. provide a defined and well-lit pedestrian ‘safe route’ which can be clearly viewed by residents for passive surveillance.
    3. consider site accessibility to people in wheelchairs and with lesser mobility.
  2. The proposed development should be designed to comply with ‘Safer By Design’ Guidelines.

Waste Storage Areas and Collection

  1. A detailed Waste Management Plan (WMP) must be submitted for the ongoing use of the site. A WMP must outline the waste that will be generated from the site, how the development proposes to manage the waste on site and collection.
  2. Waste storage area/s must be provided for each dwelling in accordance with Section 4.2.12 Waste Storage Areas and Waste Collection Areas.
  3. Bins must be presented kerbside, the total number of bins awaiting collection must not negatively impact on neighbouring properties, streetscape and/or local amenity. Where this control cannot be met, alternate collection locations may considered and must be compliant with the relevant provisions of Section 4.2.12 Waste Storage Areas and Waste Collection Areas (see control 6 and 7).


Table 4-6: Controls for Attached Dwellings


Front setback (min)



In established areas, the front setback must be consistent with the prevailing setback established by adjacent development. The prevailing setback is calculated as being the average distance of the setbacks of the nearest two dwelling houses having a boundary with the same primary road.

Secondary street setback (min)


Side setback

Zero Lot or Attached Boundary

Ground floor: 0m

Upper floor: 0m

Detached Boundary 0.9m

If lot burdened by zero lot boundary side setback must be within easement:
0.9m (single storey zero wall)

1.2m (double storey zero lot wall)

Rear Lane setback (min)


Can be reduced to 0.5m subject to the development demonstrating that it can facilitate waste collection.


Site coverage (max)

Upper level no more than 35% of lot area

Landscaped Area (min)

Refer to 4.2.6 Landscaped Area

Principal private open space (PPOS) (min)

16m2 with a minimum dimension 4m


10m2 with a minimum dimension of 2.5m as balconies


Garage door width (min)

2.4m (single) and 4.8m (double)

Car parking Requirements

1 car parking space for each dwelling with
≤2 bedrooms

2 car parking spaces for each dwelling with
≥3 bedrooms