The creation of a subdivision is the creation of a community. It commences with a relatively blank canvas, setting up the life of the community that will extend over hundreds of years. The initial subdivision design presents an enormous opportunity to get the fundamentals right.
The long-term nature of subdivision planning is set against the backdrop of our climate fundamentally changing. By 2070, for example, temperature increases of between 1.5 and 3 degrees are expected. It is therefore critical to take a long-term view and consider the impact of climate change over the entire life of the subdivision.
Sustainable subdivisions are carefully planned to achieve improved quality of life, protect and use resources efficiently and improve the health of the environment and people. Crucially, sustainability needs to be embedded from the beginning of the subdivision process.
In 2019, 16 partner councils, the VPA and CASBE partnered to develop a Sustainable Subdivisions Framework focusing on improving the long-term community benefits delivered by a subdivision through the planning process.
The Sustainable Subdivisions Framework (SSF) is a framework that seeks to provide statutory planners with a basis for measuring and achieving stronger sustainability outcomes in residential subdivisions, while also providing information on how sustainability interventions can be integrated into residential subdivisions.
The SSF identifies seven categories that can assist in creating sustainable subdivisions:
The seven (7) categories include:
A further fact sheet has been developed which provides an overview of the SSF and the expectations of applicants.
Please go to our resources page for more information.
The SSF was launched on 2 September 2020. You can watch the launch webinar here.
For information about the SSF, contact the CASBE team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was supported by the Victorian Government’s Collaborative Council Sustainability Fund Partnership Program.
The Victorian Planning Authority were a supporting partner on the initial project to develop the SSF.
HIP V. HYPE and Spiire were engaged to develop the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework and support materials.
From October 2020, 31 councils across Victoria participated in a 24-month voluntary trial of the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework (SSF).
The SSF was trialled by councils to monitor its impact in delivering sustainable communities through the planning process.
The purpose of this trial was to test the SSF within various live subdivision applications, assess the suitability of categories, standards, processes and supporting documents, understand the resource needs, and use the learnings to refine the SSF both during the trial and beyond.
Further work is needed to refine the SSF to be more fit for purpose. This includes ensuring:
For more information, refer to the Key Findings and Recommendations documents from the SSF Trial.
Phase 2 of the trial commenced in November 2o22, involving 21 councils supported by dedicated human resources. These councils include: