Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP)
Yarra City Council regards environmental sustainability as a high priority for its built environment.
Key community targets to be reached by 2020 include:
• The Yarra municipality produces net zero greenhouse gas emissions
• 60% of workers in Yarra commute via sustainable transport
• 20% reduction in household waste going to landfill
• 30% reduction in potable water consumption across Yarra
* when compared to 2000/2001
To ensure our municipality achieves its environmental targets, Council introduced the voluntary Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) program in 2011. From 19th November 2015 the voluntary SDAPP program has been formalised into a Statutory Planning requirement in the form of a Local Policy Clause 22.17 Environmentally Sustainable Development. Some planning applications are now required to demonstrate best practice in ESD, as set out in the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories.
Council has established different application categories that relate to the size and type of your application. The chart below explains whether your planning application falls into the Small, Medium or Large category and whether ESD–related information needs to be submitted with your application.
The ESD Local Policy Clause 22.17 applies to all ‘Medium’ and ‘Large’ applications. For more information on the ESD Local Policy follow this link directly to the policy click here.
A summary of the information provided on this page and linked pages is provided in this factsheet: SDAPP Explained (907.02 KB).
Sustainable Management Plan (SMP)
An SMP is required for all larger developments, comprising of ten or more new residential dwellings or more than 1000m2 of non-residential Gross Floor Area (GFA).
Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA)
An SDA is requested for medium developments, comprising of two to nine residential dwellings or 100m2 to 1.000m2 of non-residential Gross Floor Area (GFA).
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about ESD in the planning process.
Council’s ESD Advice
Free ESD Advice is available for all planning applications in the City of Yarra. To make sure you make the most out of your building’s efficiency potential, contact Council’s ESD Advisor (details below) or arrange a pre-application meeting with one of our Statutory Planning staff by contacting the unit on 9205 5373.
For more information on the ESD Local Policy follow this link, or to go directly to the policy click here.
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Euan Williamson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Environmentally Sustainable Design Advisors