I am seeking advice and thoughts of other Council's & Municipailities that deal with a lot of large style residential outbuilding developments, from the point of view of our policy review of our Outbuildings Policies.
Under the Residential Design Codes of Western Australian (2002 edition), an outbuilding is classed as an incidental development under section 3.10.1 (pp 89). This describes a 60sq building with wall heights of 2.4m and a ridge of 4.2, seemingly to match in with the proportions of our standard houses over here.
The City of Albany is in the throes of the sea change movement, landowners are selling up and retiring to Albany's coastal environment, and bringing their retiree lifestyle expectations with them, such as boats, motor homes, caravans, 4WD, canoe's, jet ski's etc., The outbuilding above would not accommodate such uses, so Council has provided residential zone relaxations of up to 100sq m, 2.7m wall and 4.2 ridge, special residential zones can be relaxed up to 120 sq m, 3.0m wall and 4.2 ridge, with the plethora of special rural zoned land accommodating relaxations of up to 150 sq m of outbuildings with walls of 3.5 and ridges of 4.2.
For your information, a standard Residential Lot is around 300 square metres up to around 900 square metres. A Special Residential lot is around 2000 square metres, and a Speical Rural lot is a rural amentity type lot is around 4000 square metres. After that, we tend to think that lots should be held to the zone of 'Rural' and not less than 40 000 square metres, but we have a smattering of old style lots that are a lot less than this.
However, as the aging sea change public want's more space for it's lifestyle accessories, we are now looking at a further relaxation of a wall height in a special residential and special rural zones with wall heights up to 4.2m and ridges of probably in the region of 5m to 5.5m.
The topic I would like to suggest is ... do other municipalities have wall heights for these types of rural/residential outbuildings in excess of 3.5 metres and what has happened to the amenity of the area? Has there been a greater increase in trucking (and others) businesses occupying these sheds as a result. Does it look ugly and has there been any backlash from the community as a result? Does the community like this, and is there the opposite of a backlash?
Any comments and other experiences would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance ...
City of Albany