Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria

What are the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria?

The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria support state agencies, local government and the urban development sector to deliver functional and enjoyable places for people to live, work, and spend leisure time. The guidelines aim to create neighbourhoods that foster community interaction and make it easy for people of all ages and abilities to live healthy lifestyles and engage in regular physical activity.

The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria have condensed the original suite of three guideline documents into a single compendium with a simplified structure. The Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development (2004), Activity Centre Design Guidelines (2005), Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria (2005) are now consolidated.

What do the guidelines aim to achieve?

The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria assist in creating places that are:

  • Accessible, safe, diverse and provide choice
  • Enjoyable, engaging and comfortable to be in and move around
  • Conducive to people being more physically active
  • Accommodating of people of all abilities, ages and cultures
  • Distinctive and celebrate their social, cultural and natural heritage

Why we need urban design guidelines?

High quality places support the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities, and are critical to the development of competitive and efficient cities and towns. New development and changes in land uses should respond to their context and enhance places of value to the community. Good urban design delivers places that are safe, healthy, functional and enjoyable.

What is urban design?

In these guidelines, urban design focuses on the design of the public realm, its public spaces, streets, parks and paths. Urban design informs the design of infrastructure and buildings in as far as they affect the function and amenity of the public realm.

What is the scope and statutory role of the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria?

The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria are policy guidelines within the State

Planning Policy Framework of the Victoria Planning Provisions. The guidelines must be considered when assessing the design and built form of new development where relevant. The guidelines use best practice knowledge and advice underpinned by sound evidence.

For further information, visit the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria website or call 136 186.