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Author: REIWA President Damian Collins
REIWA supports the
Western Australia Planning Commission (WAPC)’s position statement on lots of
less than 100 square metres and congratulations the department on its
leadership and innovative as a means to meeting the changing needs of West Australia’s
Housing on lots less than 100 square metres will
provide guidance on location and development considerations for proposed
subdivision and building design for lots less than 100 square metres, but
larger than 80 square metres.
housing that is built on smaller blocks is well established on the east coast
housing market, with the rise of interest in Western Australia showing we are
ready to increase our housing diversity providing more affordable options to
our changing lifestyles.
example of these micro-lots is already in place at Ellenbrook’s Verge Microlot
Precinct with 11 two-storey townhouses, 10 which are on 80 square metre lots, which
has showcased how good design can make even small lots seem bright, spacious
Micro-lots will be a
positive introduction to the market and will receive strong demand from a range of buyers, from first home owners to
seniors right-sizing. Lots under 100 square metres has a strong role to play in
the delivery of affordable housing options for all West Aussies.
In addition, the
government will look to add location criteria for potential micro-lots which we
believe will assist in increasing density around centres. This is essential to
capitalise on existing infrastructure and amenities while utilising zones
likely not suitable for apartment development.
It is our view that this position
statement will be an ideal product to be used in the delivery of METROHUBS,
especially in areas with a relatively low median house price, where apartment
developers will be reluctant to invest.
We urge developers
who undertake these projects to consider including sustainability features. The
major draw card for lots under 100 square
metres is affordability. The inclusion of solar power, solar hot water and the
use of sustainable building materials that will reduce utility bills for
residents, could provide an additional benefit to buyers while adding minimal
costs to construction.
Overall the real
estate industry is supportive of the position statement as a way to be able to
deliver an alternative form of housing currently missing from the market and also
look forward to a potential inclusion into the R-Codes following adequate
monitoring and review of the initial implementation.
For more information about REIWA's advocacy efforts, visit our advocacy page.