On 14 December 14 2017, Amendment C142 was gazetted and now forms part of the Moreland Planning Scheme. This amendment introduces a new Clause 22.07 – Apartment Developments of Five of more Storeys, as well as including the Moreland Apartment Design Code (MADC) as a reference document.

This amendment introduces a new Clause 22.07 – Apartment Developments of Five of more Storeys, as well as including the Moreland Apartment Design Code (MADC) as a reference document. To align with these changes, Clauses 21.02, 21.03 and 21.04 have also been updated to correctly reference Clause 22.07 and MADC.

Despite the recent introduction of Clause 58 and the Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) into planning schemes across Victoria, Moreland Council have sought to introduce Clause 22.07 as a way of providing more detailed guidance on two areas of building design that they considered were not adequately covered in Clause 58; building separation and lightwells.

The policy deals with building separation as a means of providing for appropriate internal amenity and equitable development outcomes in areas where taller buildings are encouraged. It applies a series of numerical requirements through a sliding scale that effectively seeks greater separation as a building increases in height (See image below).

Lightwells are dealt with in a similar way whereby the width and area requirements increase as a building increases in height.

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