Planned sustainable development

We will use sustainable principles to guide development of growth areas and help protect our townships.

Key priorities

  • Making sure housing supply, diversity and affordability can meet the needs of our growing community.
  • Facilitating opportunities for infill residential development.
  • Continuing to develop urban growth areas across the region.
  • Managing the impact of development on the unique character of our townships.
  • Improving the environmental performance of new developments, using planning controls.
  • Delivering biodiversity conservation programs.
  • Preserving nature reserves, rural and coastal environments.

Our aims in 2018-2019

  • Continue a coordinated approach to drainage and water sensitive urban design.
  • Establish Sparrovale Wetlands, to enhance the area and its biodiversity.
  • Complete the Settlement Strategy, to guide growth, boundaries and development in townships and urban areas.
  • Review of existing land for community facilities, with new land acquired where needed.
  • Manage the delivery of nature reserves in new developments.
  • Introduce a rural and peri-urban advisory body to build relationships and foster best practice.

Measures of success

  • More protected natural habitat that we manage.
  • Planned 15 years of residential land supply.
  • 40 per cent of new housing construction conducted within existing urban areas.
  • 100 per cent of new large, City-owned buildings rated 5-star ‘Green Star’.
  • 100 per cent of new, small City-owned buildings with built environment sustainability scorecard or equivalent.
  • Planning controls in place that require a mandatory sustainable design assessment of all new developments

Page last updated: Monday, 1 July 2019