The Activity Centre Design Guidelines support councils and developers to create well designed activity centres in Victoria. The guidelines provide advice to developers, planners and place managers on what constitutes best-practice when developing vibrant, high quality activity centres.

The guidelines are structured under eight elements of design consideration:

  • urban structure.
  • stations and interchanges.
  • street design.
  • public spaces.
  • building design.
  • malls and large stores.
  • higher density housing.
  • car parking.

The guidelines provide advice and guidance to councils on structure planning for activity centres, and developing individual planning scheme policies and controls.

Planning and responsible authorities should have regard to the guidelines when preparing activity centre structure plans and when assessing the design and built form of new development in activity centres. This is required by Clauses 11.01-2 and 15.01 -2 of the State Planning Policy Framework.

Each activity centre has distinguishing features and attributes that are revealed and highlighted through excellent design. These guidelines aim to ensure activity centres are designed so that they are exciting places where people want to live, work, shop and play. This is an important part of preserving our liveability now and for the future.

You can view the Activity Centre Design Guidelines here:

Activity Centre Design Guidelines ((PDF, 1142.11 KB))