The City of Melbourne’s Central Melbourne Design Guide reclaims a long-term planning ambition for central Melbourne. In addition to assisting design and planning professionals, this well-structured, clear and accessible guide will be enormously valuable in communicating the principles and importance of urban design to decision-makers and the broader community. Incorporated into the Melbourne Planning Scheme, the guide has been given the necessary statutory weight to ensure that its design objectives and built environment design quality in general are central considerations in the development application approval process.
Confirming that a high standard of design outcome is worthy of “due regard” in the planning system will vastly enhance the strategic impact of the guide. The graphic presentation and illustrations clearly explain often-abstract rules, bringing them to life and making them readily understandable for a wider audience. This initiative will promote integrated decision-making and support a shared vision for delivering great urban outcomes.
Location: Melbourne (VIC)
Published online: 26 Oct 2018
Words: LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk
Images: City of Melbourne
Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2018