9 and 11 Ruthven Place, Duncraig – 12 new multiple dwellings (apartments)


The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for twelve new multiple dwellings (six at ground level and six at first floor level) at the above address.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

All residential development in the City of Joondalup is required to meet the requirements of the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes) and the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy. Both are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

  • Upper floor minimum setback (overall) of 3.204metres to the eastern lot boundary (DTC 7metres).
  • Privacy setback of 3.27metres from the upper floor bedroom (Bed 2) of Unit 12 to the rear/northern lot boundary (DTC 4.5metres).
  • Crossover width of 2.8metres (DTC 3metres minimum).

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment by 11 January 2019.

Submissions can be sent to the City via info@joondalup.wa.gov.au or posted to PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process and if you choose to make a submission, you will be notified of the outcome of the proposal.

For assistance in reviewing the plans or for more information on this proposal please contact the City on 9400 4100 or visit the City’s Administration Centre located at 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.