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Sustainable design in the planning process

Environmentally sustainable design is design that is socially and ecologically responsible. This includes consideration of the human and environmental impacts of building, in the present and the future. Key considerations include;

  • passive design and careful siting
  • responsible use and disposal of materials and waste
  • socially responsible generation
  • management and use of water and energy resources
  • high indoor environmental quality
  • beauty and inspiration in the design and
  • low impact on flora, fauna and local biodiversity.

All levels of government are moving towards the introduction of stronger regulations for sustainable development. Bayside is committed to creating an environmentally sustainable city.

A critical component in achieving this commitment is to encourage developers to incorporate environmentally sustainable design into proposals and to meet appropriate environmental standards. One of the ways to achieve this is through the planning permit process.

Council's role

Council has several roles in improving the performance of the built form in Bayside including:

  • Leading by example: Designing and building projects that have a minimal impact upon the environment through the application of the sustainable design assessment tools (STEPS and SDS) to our own projects.
  • Support/Education: Providing information and technical support to individuals and organisations.
  • Recognition: Recognising developers and applicants who have achieved the best environmental outcomes through the Bayside Built Environment Awards.
  • Advocacy: Continuing to advocate to other levels of government for a state wide and consistent approach to improving the performance of the built form or enabling Local Government to include higher standards within its controls.