S5.4.2 Mater Dei


  1. Homes should be designed to be of ‘contemporary, eco character’.
  2. Use of architectural features such as awnings, porticos and verandah’s are required to ensure street presentation of the homes is in keeping with the vision for Mater Dei.

Roof Eves

  1. 600mm at a minimum on eastern and western facades.

Corner Lots

  1. Should be designed to present to both street frontage and public areas.
  2. Front facade feature should continue around to 40% of the secondary frontage.

Parkland Lots

  1. Should be designed to appropriately address the parkland area.
  2. Architectural features are to be replicated to secondary frontages with front a parkland.
  3. Blank walls to the parkland are not permitted.


  1. Roof designs must be a minimum pitch of 200.
  2. Skillion roofs can have a minimum pitch of 50.
  3. Highly reflective roofing material are not permitted.

Colours and Materials

  1. Colours should be low in contrast and sympathetic to the natural environment. Rendered masonry, stone, timber, steel and painted/rendered brickwork should be the predominant external materials.


  1. Open fencing is preferred wherever possible.
  2. Front fencing is not allowed.
  3. Brush mat fencing is prohibited.
  4. Rear and side boundary fences once behind the building line can be a maximum height of 1.8m but on bush front lots must return with open post and rail or post and wire for the rear 6m of the lot.

Maximum Driveway Width

  1. 4.0m wide at the property verge but can be splayed within the property boundary to allow for adequate vehicle manoeuvrability.

Rainwater Tanks

  1. Each dwelling must have a tank of at least 5,000ltr.
  2. If the home contains a swimming pool, the water tank must be connected to the pool to assist in topping up the pool.
  3. Water tanks in the APZ cannot be constructed of plastic

Kirkham Rise Guidelines

  1. Kirkham Rise Design Guidelines volume 1, November 2010 and as amended, should be referenced for further detailed design requirements
Table 5-1: Summary of residential accommodation controls – Mater Dei


Front setback (min)

4.5m; average of 5.5m

Secondary street setback (min)


Side setback ground floor (min)


Side setback second floor (min)


Rear setback ground floor (min)


Rear setback second floor (min)


Garage setback (min)

1m behind principal building line and 5.5m from front boundary; third garage to be set back 2m behind principal building line.

Architectural element front setback encroachment (max)


Rear lane setback (min)


Notwithstanding this, the rear lane setback can be reduced to 0.5m only if it can be adequately demonstrated to Council’s satisfaction, that the development can facilitate waste collection in a safe and orderly manner.

Public reserve setback (min)



As per LEP 2010 and Part 4 of this DCP


Site coverage (max) – lots less than 450m2

Single storey development - 60%

Two storey development – 50% ground floor, 35% upper floor

Site coverage (max) – lots 450m2 or greater

Single storey development - 50%

Double storey development – 30%

Front yard paved surfaces (max)


Landscaped area (min)


Landscaped area (min) within the front setback


Principal private open space (PPOS) (min)

24m2 with a minimum dimension 4m

Gradient of PPOS (max)


Solar access to PPOS (min)

Direct sunlight must reach at least 50% of the PPOS of both the subject dwelling and of any adjoining dwelling for not less than 3 hours between 9:00am and 3:00pm on 21 June.

Dwellings must be orientated to maximise solar access to living rooms having regard to future and existing site constraints. 

At least one window to a living area of dwellings on neighbouring properties must receive a minimum of 3 hours of direct sunlight between 9am and 3pm on 21 June.


Garage door width (max) – lots 7-15m wide

60% of front elevation width

Garage door width (max) – lots greater than 15m wide

50% of front elevation width