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Neighbourhood Design Manual

The Neighbourhood Design Manual outlines Council standards and guidelines for the delivery of attractive, accessible, functional, and sustainable developments. It supports the creation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive neighbourhoods in the City of Whittlesea.

The Neighbourhood Design Manual contains the latest standards and guidelines for planning, design and construction of new developments in the City of Whittlesea. The Manual builds on and simplifies the Guidelines for Urban Development.

The Manual was created to set clear standards for future developments, address policy gaps and promote quality design. It covers urban design, engineering, landscape and Integrated Water Management (IWM) matters, and it aims to complement polices and strategies from the Victorian Government and the City of Whittlesea.

Explore the Neighbourhood Design Manual

The Manual is divided into five sections, each with its own distinct focus. Learn more by downloading the sections below.

Simple graphic with buildings and treesUrban Design Guidelines

The Urban Design Guidelines set out urban design objectives and guidelines to plan for and deliver developments in our local context.




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Engineering Guidelines

The Engineering Guidelines outline Council’s engineering requirements and expectations for civil infrastructure.




Simple graphic of a park with a benchLandscape Guidelines

The Landscape Guidelines define Council’s requirements and expectations for open space and streetscape developments.




Integrated Water Management Guidelines

The Integrated Water Management (IWM) Guidelines provide details on Council’s preferred water management outcomes and guidance on design and documentation.




Standard Drawings

The Standard Drawings consist of technical drawings for engineering and landscaping purposes.