7 December 2019
The State Planning Commission has released a series of draft Historic Area Statements to support the draft Planning and Design Code amendment for Phase Two councils (rural areas) currently on public consultation.
The Historic Area Statements identify and articulate the key historic features and characteristics relevant to specific locations identified within the Historic Areas Overlay. The statements also support the policies contained within the Historic Areas Overlay.
The Historic Area Statements are based on information from existing council development plans that assist in the assessment of proposals to ensure development complements the existing historic character of a particular location, such as specific materials, roof forms, or building style.
The statements currently on consultation apply to 11 Phase Two council areas which can be downloaded individually below:
The Historic Areas Overlay is intended to provide suitable rigour for the consistent assessment of heritage items across the state, in particular clear controls for demolition applications that consider historic importance, structural condition, and the viability of restoration.
Further information on the Historic Area Overlay and the use of the Historic Area Statement is contained in the draft Practice Guideline (Interpretation of the Local Heritage Places Overlay, Historic Area Overlay and Character Area Overlay) 2019 (PDF, 421 KB) which is also currently on consultation.
Historic Area Statements for Phase Three (Urban Areas) councils will be released by the Commission for consultation in December. Character Area Statements will also be released to support the policies contained within the Character Area Overlay (covering existing character and streetscape type zones and areas).
Character Area Statements do not apply to any Phase Two council areas
The draft Historic Area Statements for Phase Two (Rural Areas) councils were on consultation until 6 December 2019.