The current Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria and Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria are now the relevant policy guidelines for higher density residential development within the State Planning Policy Framework of the Victoria Planning Provisions.

The Victoria Planning Provisions were amended to require consideration of the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria, and Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria, where applicable, in the design and assessment of new development proposals.

The content of the earlier suite of three stand-alone guideline documents is now contained in the Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria and, where relevant, in the Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria. The superseded documents are:

  • Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2004) 
  • Activity Centre Design Guidelines (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2005)
  • Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2005)

Cover of the Higher Density Residential Development Guidelines