Sustainability in planning

Councils may apply a range of tools from the Victorian Planning Provisions to deliver environmental outcomes.

The Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework was developed by Victorian councils to provide a streamlined and consistent methodology for requesting, receiving and assessing built environment sustainability outcomes through the planning process.

By implementing the SDAPP framework and using its tools, councils can achieve more sustainable outcomes from their local built environment for the long-term benefit of their community.

The SDAPP framework:

  • recognises the role of local governments as a statutory authority for planning matters
  • provides a framework for consideration of sustainable design elements of planning applications
  • offers a consistent method for identifying opportunities for improved environmental building performance
  • ensures that sustainability is considered at the very early design phase. This is the best time to maximise opportunities for good orientation and other initiatives that create liveable, comfortable, efficient buildings.

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is the recommended sustainability assessment tool under SDAPP.

Any Victorian council can implement the SDAPP framework in their municipality. We have resources available to councils to assist in this process. Please contact us for more information.

Read about how the development industry is considering ESD in the design of buildings.

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