Council changes rules for 'Fonzie flats'

PLANNING requirements have tightened for "Fonzie flats" as council protects neighbourhoods from developers exploiting the provision.

Ipswich City Council adopted the changes this week, reducing the size of auxiliary units, which does not require council planning approval, from 65sqm to 50sqm and introducing a limit of one bedroom.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the changes were keeping in line with community expectations.

"We want to get back to the original intention. We are really catering for the granny flats and Fonzie flats," Cr Tully said.

"There are a lot of large blocks of land around the city where this type of development is appropriate where it doesn't require a subdivision of land.

"Auxiliary units are a fantastic addition to homes when the need arises to house an elderly relative, or out of town visitors. They are also a good source of income with the added bonus of being able to rent them out."

Cr Tully said the changes ensured auxiliary units were compatible with community expectations and ensured parking and street congestion would not become an issue.

"These changes mean residents will continue to have the opportunity to construct an auxiliary unit on their property to house relatives or visitors or rent them out, without having a negative impact on neighbours."



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