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. This Framework complements the existing Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP)(Buildings) Framework and caters for the needs of growth area and regional communities. Communities whose principal form of development is residential subdivision. The Framework is currently being trialed across Victoria by a number of councils initially on residential subdivisions but is also able to be applied to commercial and industrial subdivisions.
The creation of a subdivision is the creation of a community. Subdivision design 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 create the fundamental conditions for a sustainable and resilient community.
The long-term nature of subdivision planning is now 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.
The Sustainable Subdivisions Framework seeks to mitigate the impacts of a fundamentally changing climate to create subdivisions that can adapt to the changing climate. The Framework identifies seven categories that can assist in creating sustainable subdivisions:
The Framework has been developed with a focus on environmental sustainability outcomes, which have social and economic benefits, for example the way green infrastructure can provide improved amenity or recreation value.
The seven (7) categories include:
A further fact sheet has been developed which provides an overview of the Framework and the expectations of applicants.
Please go to our resources page for more information.
The Sustainable Subdivisions Framework was launched on 2 September 2020. You can watch the launch webinar here.
This project was supported by the Victorian Government’s Collaborative Council Sustainability Fund Partnership Program.
HIP V. HYPE and Spiire were engaged to develop the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework and support materials.
Over an 18-month period, commencing in September 2020, councils across the state are conducting a voluntary trial of the Framework. Through this process councils will have the opportunity to upskill statutory planners to provide an assessment of subdivision applications against the Framework, to collect data on its application, receive feedback and communicate the benefits to the community in the process.
Any Victorian council can implement the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework in their municipality. We have resources available to councils to assist in this process. Please contact us for more information.