David Barr Architects were pleased to attend this week's launch of the first three Design WA publications: State Planning Policy 7.0 - Design of the Built Environment; State Planning Policy 7.3 R-Codes Volume Two (Apartments); and a Design Review Guide. The documents, which become operational on the 24th of May, are a much needed collection that establish high level principles for the design of our built environment, modernise the R Codes for better apartment design, and, critically, offer guidance for councils in the establishment and operation of design review panels. All three will assist Western Australia in achieving a high quality, sustainable and diverse built environment.
As collaborators on the drafting of State Planning Policy 7.3, and illustrators of much of its graphic content, we know how much effort, thought and passion went into the documents from all concerned. We congratulate all those involved, particularly the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. As part of Design WA's second stage, we are now working on a comprehensive Precinct Design Policy with Urbis, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and we look forward to its eventual publication.