New guidelines will be prepared to apply to all apartments designed across Victoria and will replace the existing Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development currently in the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs).
A new particular provision will be introduced in the VPPs that will adopt the same performance based assessment approach currently used in the planning scheme.
The new provision will contain:
- Objectives: Apartment development must meet all outlined objectives.
- Standards: A standard should normally be met; however, alternative design solutions may be considered if the corresponding objective is met.
- Decision guidelines: Responsible authorities must consider these matters.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will develop a range of tools to inform consumers which apartments satisfy the design standards to educate potential apartment purchasers or renters.
Once the standards have been finalised, a minimum three months’ notice will be provided prior to operation. Transitional provisions will be included to ensure schemes lodged before the new standards are in effect are assessed under existing planning scheme at the time.