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9.3.18 Residential care facility code

9.3.18.1 Application

(1) This code applies to assessing a material change of use if:
(a) assessable development where this code is an applicable code identified in the assessment benchmarks column of a table of assessment for a material change of use (section 5.5) or a neighbourhood plan (section 5.9); or
(b) impact assessable development for a residential care facility or a use of a similar nature.
(2) When using this code, reference should be made to section 1.5 in section 5.3.3.

Note—The following purpose, overall outcomes, performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes comprise the assessment benchmarks of this code.

Note—Where this code includes performance outcomes or acceptable outcomes that relate to:

9.3.18.2 Purpose

(1) The purpose of the Residential care facility code is to assess the suitability of development to which this code applies.
(2) The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:
(a) Development is located in an area identified for higher residential density or within easy walking distance of high-frequency public transport.
(b) Development is designed and sited to achieve a high level of amenity for residents of the facility and provide a comfortable, stimulating and attractive living environment for residents, allowing them to fulfil their social and physical needs.
(c) Development is designed and sited to minimise impacts upon the amenity of neighbouring residential dwellings and other sensitive uses.

9.3.18.3 Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes

Table 9.3.18.3—Performance outcomes and acceptable outcomes
Performance outcomes
Acceptable outcomes
PO1
Development is located on a site with high accessibility to:
(a) a principal, major or district centre;
(b) high-frequency public transport which provides services every 15 minutes or less.
AO1
Development is on a site located in one of the following:
(f) Major health care zone precinct of the Community facilities zone; or
(g) Health care purposes zone precinct of the Community facilities zone.
PO2
Development ensures that residents have good access to on-site communal and social facilities which are located to maximise opportunities for interaction with and observation of the local community.
AO2.1
Development includes social facilities, including recreational space and communal buildings.
AO2.2
Development provides communal buildings that are easily accessible and residents are able to easily navigate the site on foot or with the assistance of mobility aids.
AO2.3
Communal facilities and open space components of the development are sited to enable interfacing with surrounding public realm areas (such as streets and parks).
PO3
Development, including a car park, is of a nature, scale, layout, design and construction that does not result in noise emissions that exceed the following criteria:
Where T is:
  • Day (7am to 6pm): 11hr
  • Evening (6pm to 10pm): 4hr
  • Night (10pm to 7am): 9hr.
Where LAeq,adj,T is the A-weighted equivalent continuous sound pressure level during measurement time T, adjusted for tonal and impulsive noise characteristics, determined in accordance with the methodology described in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

Note—Rating background level is to be determined in accordance with the methodology described in the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy.

Note—A noise impact assessment report prepared in accordance with the Noise impact assessment planning scheme policy can assist in demonstrating achievement of this performance outcome.

AO3.1
Development:
(a) is on a site located in one of the following:
(vi) Major health care zone precinct of the Community facilities zone; or
(vii) Health care purposes zone precinct of the Community facilities zone; or
(b) does not generate noise that is clearly audible and creates a disturbance within a nearby sensitive use, including a dwelling or its associated balconies or patios, between 6pm and 7am.
AO3.2
Development ensures mechanical plant or equipment is acoustically screened from adjoining sensitive uses.

Note—Mechanical plant includes generators, motors, compressors and pumps, such as air conditioning, refrigeration or cold room motors

AO3.3
Development:
(a) provides a 2m high acoustic fence along any boundary with adjoining sensitive uses;
(b) ensures car parking areas used at night are acoustically screened from adjoining residential dwellings.
PO4
Development is of a nature, scale, layout, design and construction that ensures that odour emissions do not cause adverse impact on the amenity of nearby sensitive uses.
AO4
Development ensures that where food or cooking odour is released, exhaust vents are discharged vertically and directed away from a sensitive use and separated by the following distances:
(a) minimum of 6m horizontally from sensitive uses;
(b) minimum of 2m above a thoroughfare or roof with regular foot traffic.
PO5
Development provides pedestrian movement areas within the site with:
(a) comfortable vantage points to rest, socialise and observe surrounding activities;
(b) opportunities for interesting exercise routines and a variety of circulation options.
AO5.1
Development provides a series of changing views along recreation walkways by means of planting schemes, gradients and building location.
AO5.2
Development provides a variety of places to sit at intervals along recreation walkways.
AO5.3
Development provides resting seats, shade and handrails that are incorporated into the walkway design.
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