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Plan to make new developments greener

17 April 2014

Focus on environmentally sustainable design (ESD) principles will be strengthened for new residential developments in Yarra and other parts of Melbourne under a new proposal from a group of metropolitan councils.

Yarra City Council Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, said that Amendment C133 to the Yarra Planning Scheme proposes to introduce an Environmentally Sustainable Development Local Policy to help Council ensure that planning applications adopt a ‘best practice’ approach to sustainable building design.

“Yarra has worked together with our counterparts at the Cities of Banyule, Moreland, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Whitehorse to prepare this amendment which, if approved by the Minister for Planning, will formally recognise the importance of ESD in the planning process,” she said.

Under the amendment, applicants will need to submit a Sustainable Design Assessment or a Sustainability Management Plan for residential and non-residential planning permit applications (depending on the size of the proposed development).

 “Yarra and the other participating councils found there was an opportunity to ensure that environmentally sustainable design is considered earlier in the planning process, remedying the current lack of a state-wide approach to ESD.  It has been a great collaborative effort by Melbourne councils,” she said.

“It is important, given that building construction with waste demolition contributes 34% of all materials sent to landfill in Australia.  Amendment C133 aims to minimise the environmental footprint of new developments during both the construction phase and in their ongoing operations,” Cr Fristacky said.

An independent Panel and Advisory Committee appointed by the State Government, recently released its report on the amendment stating that the participating councils ‘are to be commended for their vision and commitment’.

The Panel report recommends that Council adopt the amendment with minor changes. Council is expected to consider adoption of the amendment mid-year. Once adopted, the Amendment will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.

The full panel report can be viewed on the Amendment C133 webpage.



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