The Victorian Government is committed to improving the environmental performance and resilience of buildings in response to urban growth and a changing climate.

Well designed and resource-efficient buildings are essential to creating more sustainable cities and towns. Plan Melbourne supports this.

New policies and standards for Victoria's planning system are being developed. They will improve the sustainability of building and subdivision developments across Victoria.  Key themes include energy, water, waste and recycling, urban heat, transport, and air and noise pollution exposure.

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The new policies and standards will be introduced to the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes in 2021. The Environmentally sustainable development of buildings and subdivisions roadmap outlines the changes:

For more information on the reform process, see below:

Project updates

Updates and more resources to support the new policies and standards will be provided here.

Further information on projects related to the ESD reforms can be found below:

Avoiding overshadowing of residential rooftop solar systems

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Learn about current planning protections against overshadowing for your residential rooftop solar system.

Protecting residential rooftop solar systems

Improving stormwater management in urban areas

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We are improving stormwater management for greener and healthier waterways.

Stormwater management for urban development

For further information, please email planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 24/03/21