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Contents (2004 - 143)
State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
Current version for 14 July 2017 to date (accessed 18 December 2017 at 04:37)
Chapter 3 Part 6
Part 6 Development for vertical villages
45   Vertical villages
(1) Application of clause This clause applies to land to which this Policy applies (other than the land referred to in clause 4 (9)) on which development for the purposes of residential flat buildings is permitted.
(2) Granting of consent with bonus floor space Subject to subclause (6), a consent authority may consent to a development application made pursuant to this Chapter to carry out development on land to which this clause applies for the purpose of seniors housing involving buildings having a density and scale (when expressed as a floor space ratio) that exceeds the floor space ratio (however expressed) permitted under another environmental planning instrument (other than State Environmental Planning Policy No 1—Development Standards) by a bonus of 0.5 added to the gross floor area component of that floor space ratio.
Note.
 For example, if the floor space ratio permitted under another environmental planning instrument is 1:1, a consent authority may consent to a development application for the purposes of a building having a density and scale of 1.5:1.
(3)  Subsection (2) applies even if the floor space ratio permitted under another environmental planning instrument is expressed in a development control plan.
(4)  In calculating the gross floor area for the purposes of subclause (2), the floor space used to deliver on-site support services (other than any floor space used to deliver communal or residents’ living areas) is to be excluded.
(5)  However, if the area of the floor space referred to in subclause (4) is greater than 50% of the gross floor area, then the area that may be excluded under subclause (4) is limited to an area that does not exceed 50% of the gross floor area.
(6) Requirements relating to affordable places and on-site support services A consent authority may only grant consent to a development application as referred to in subclause (2) if:
(a)  the consent authority is satisfied, on written evidence, that:
(i)  the proposed development will deliver on-site support services for its residents, and
(ii)  at least 10% of the dwellings for the accommodation of residents in the proposed development will be affordable places, and
(b)  the applicant identifies, to the satisfaction of the consent authority, which of the dwellings for the accommodation of residents in the proposed development will be set aside as affordable places.
(7) Grounds on which consent cannot be refused A consent authority must not refuse consent as referred to in subclause (2) only because the proposed development does not comply with a standard referred to in clause 40 (4) (a), 48 (a), 49 (a) or 50 (a).
(8) Conditions on grants of development consent A development consent may be granted as referred to in subclause (2) subject to a condition that requires the creation of a restrictive or positive covenant on land to which a development application relates concerning the continued provision of the affordable places identified in the application.
(9)  A development consent may be granted as referred to in subclause (2) subject to a condition that requires the affordable places identified in a development application to be owned and managed by an organisation providing community housing that is registered for the time being with the Office of Community Housing.
(10)  Subclauses (8) and (9) do not limit the kinds of conditions that may be imposed on a development consent, or allow conditions to be imposed on a development consent otherwise than in accordance with the Act.
(11) Clause does not apply to certain heritage affected land Nothing in this clause applies in relation to the granting of consent to a development application made pursuant to this Chapter for the carrying out of development on land to which an interim heritage order or listing on the State Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1977 applies.
(12) Definitions In this clause:
affordable place, in relation to seniors housing, means a dwelling for the accommodation of a resident:
(a)  whose gross household income falls within the following ranges of percentages of the median household income for the time being for the Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Area) according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
Very low income household
less than 50%
Low income household
50% or more but less than 80%
Moderate income household
80–120%
(b)  who is to pay rent that does not exceed a benchmark of 30% of the resident’s actual household income.
on-site support services, in relation to residents of seniors housing, means:
(a)  3 meals a day provided on a communal basis or to a resident’s dwelling, and
(b)  personal care, and
(c)  home nursing visits, and
(d)  assistance with housework.