A new suburb is to be proclaimed for Melbourne, featuring medium rise multi-residential buildings and proposed accommodation for 10,000.  Image below taken from Herald Sun article by Alex White October 22, 2017.

Similar releases of land may take place over the next few years, some of them more remote than others.

Here are our top ten ESD initiatives we’d like to see incorporated into the planning guidelines for a new suburb:

  1. Ensure effective public transport is present and available from day one.
  2. Plan for supporting activities, retail, office and community support facilities.
  3. Plan for safe bike and pedestrian movement, with connected paths and green spaces to enable safe movement across and within the development. If there is a new school is should be at the nexus of a web of these paths and green zones and the school should be available for all, day and night.
  4. Electric bikes and cars should receive encouragement and support (public charging stations).
  5. Multi storey dwellings should be high performance and comply with the BADS apartment guidelines.  However, greater trade-offs should be considered between well delivered communal spaces (including green roofs) and daylighting in apartments.
  6. Significant renewable energy generation on site and interlinked systems to help power local public utilities such as waste water treatment, street lighting, the local school etc.
  7. Planting pallets should by local, indigenous and/or fruit bearing.
  8. Rainwater capture and reuse, consolidated stormwater treatment and recycling of same for reuse in irrigation.
  9. Community gardens, markets.
  10. Share economy motivators, e.g. Transition Town Networks

Thinking about incorporating ESD initiatives into your next project?

Whether you are considering incorporating ESD initiatives into your next project, or you need to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable design to planning authorities, or you need Section J reporting for Building Permit, we would love to hear from you!