Draft Ancillary Dwelling Policy

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Ancillary Dwellings Public Comment

The Shire of Denmark has prepared a draft policy to provide guidance for the development of Ancillary Dwellings (commonly known as ‘granny flats’).

The Denmark community was invited to review and comment on the draft policy before the consultation closed at 4pm Monday 4 October 2021.

The draft policy aims to strike a balance between supporting owner opportunities and creating more housing options in our Shire, while providing safeguards to ensure neighbourhood amenity is maintained.

The draft policy outlines:

  • Approval requirements for an Ancillary Dwelling (per Single House)
  • Development standards (including location, maximum size, car parking, boundary setbacks)
  • An additional safeguard for density within Special Residential areas (minimum 80% open space)
  • Support for short stay use only where the landowner lives on site

Please download all the relevant information, including the draft policy, from the links to the right of this page.

The Shire received 13 public submissions during the Public Comment period, including 7 submissions generally in support, 5 submissions in objection, and 1 raising questions but not stating a position.

Concerns raised included:

  • Increased density of development
  • Use for short stay accommodation
  • Multiple ancillary dwellings on rural lots
  • Development standards for ancillary dwellings

Supportive comments for the policy noted:

  • More opportunities for landowners
  • Providing more rental houses
  • Reduced pressure for urban sprawl

Shire officers are working on an updated policy that responds to the issues raised. This will be presented at the November meeting of Council, including a detailed response to public submissions.

If you have questions about how your property might be affected, you are welcome, as always, to contact our Planning Officers for detailed information.


"Council values the input community members have on the range of issues which come before them and any feedback provided on this policy will be carefully read and considered by Councillors before the policy is presented for adoption in future." - David Schober, CEO

Read the full statement here

Ancillary Dwellings Public Comment

The Shire of Denmark has prepared a draft policy to provide guidance for the development of Ancillary Dwellings (commonly known as ‘granny flats’).

The Denmark community was invited to review and comment on the draft policy before the consultation closed at 4pm Monday 4 October 2021.

The draft policy aims to strike a balance between supporting owner opportunities and creating more housing options in our Shire, while providing safeguards to ensure neighbourhood amenity is maintained.

The draft policy outlines:

  • Approval requirements for an Ancillary Dwelling (per Single House)
  • Development standards (including location, maximum size, car parking, boundary setbacks)
  • An additional safeguard for density within Special Residential areas (minimum 80% open space)
  • Support for short stay use only where the landowner lives on site

Please download all the relevant information, including the draft policy, from the links to the right of this page.

The Shire received 13 public submissions during the Public Comment period, including 7 submissions generally in support, 5 submissions in objection, and 1 raising questions but not stating a position.

Concerns raised included:

  • Increased density of development
  • Use for short stay accommodation
  • Multiple ancillary dwellings on rural lots
  • Development standards for ancillary dwellings

Supportive comments for the policy noted:

  • More opportunities for landowners
  • Providing more rental houses
  • Reduced pressure for urban sprawl

Shire officers are working on an updated policy that responds to the issues raised. This will be presented at the November meeting of Council, including a detailed response to public submissions.

If you have questions about how your property might be affected, you are welcome, as always, to contact our Planning Officers for detailed information.


"Council values the input community members have on the range of issues which come before them and any feedback provided on this policy will be carefully read and considered by Councillors before the policy is presented for adoption in future." - David Schober, CEO

Read the full statement here

  • CLOSED: The public comment period concluded at 4pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

    Community feedback helps Council to make informed, community lead decisions.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Public Comment submissions close 4pm Monday 4 October 2021.

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