Along with other councils within Melbourne, we consider environmental performance when assessing planning permit applications within the City of Whittlesea.
Whittlesea 2040: A place for All is the long-term vision for the City of Whittlesea. It guides all of Council’s work and future partnerships with the community and others. City of Whittlesea is committed to creating Liveable Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Environment
Incorporating environmentally sustainable design into new development is now a requirement under the Whittlesea Planning Scheme, Clause 22.01 - Environmentally Sustainable Development which was introduced in October 2018. The overarching objective is that development should achieve best practice in environmentally sustainable development from the design stage through to construction and operation.
The policy provides objectives and application requirements for residential, mixed use and non-residential development. It recognises the importance of considering environmentally sustainable design at the time of planning approval for new development.
Council can assist you to incorporate environmentally sustainable design into your development during the planning process. If you are preparing a planning application, we encourage you to come in for a pre-application meeting or speak to Council's Environmentally Sustainable Planning Officer to discuss your application.
An application must be accompanied by either a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) or a Sustainability Management Plan (SMP):
Various assessment tools like BESS, Green Star, STORM and MUSIC may be used to assess how the proposed development addresses the objectives of the policy, as appropriate. More information on ESD tools can be found in the fact sheet below.
We have developed template for Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) which aims to provide indication of the expected information.
When applying for a planning permit to construct a new building or altering/ adding to existing building, you will need to provide information with your planning permit application across the following areas:
To assist you on how to consider these categories and achieve the best outcome for your building, council has adopted a series of SDAPP fact sheets. The fact sheets provide background information, design guidance and best practice standards across the 10 key categories relevant to your development. These fact sheets are also used by other Victorian Councils.
Whittlesea Council expectations are listed below each category to assist you in preparing the report:
Whittlesea Council expectations:
Whittlesea Council Expectations:
While the following categories are not specifically covered in Clause 22.01, the information does often overlap with other categories. City of Whittlesea encourages development applicants to also address these categories in any proposed development.
If you require further assistance, please contact us on 9217 2259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.