16.6 Site Coverage

Site Coverage

Site coverage is a control for the purpose of preventing the adverse effects of overdevelopment, thereby safeguarding sunlight and daylight within or adjoining a proposed layout of buildings.

Site coverage is the percentage of the site covered by building structures, excluding the public roads and footpaths.

Site coverage is a tool particularly relevant in urban locations where open space and car parking standards may be relaxed.

As with plot ratio above, higher site coverage may be permitted in certain circumstances such as: ­

  • Adjoining major public transport termini and corridors, where an appropriate mix of residential and commercial uses is proposed ­
  • To facilitate comprehensive redevelopment in areas in need of urban renewal ­
  • To maintain existing streetscape profiles ­
  • Where a site already has the benefit of a higher site coverage

The Indicative Site Coverage standards are set out below: