below can be used as a reference in discussions over design concepts.
For example, proponents can demonstrate how, through plans and
subsequent reports how they have responded to each quality
- Is the design
in character with existing local high quality townscape and landscape,
in terms of:
- building height
- roof form and
materials and colours
- proportions of
building front and use of elements such as porches, verandahs.
- locations and
size of windows on building front
- siting and
design of garages, carports, walls, fences, waste storage enclosures
and other minor structures.
- appropriate use
character, such as retention of existing trees
character such as materials and width.
if the local character is not distinctive, or the existing environment
is not of high quality, does the development establish a high quality
benchmark for the desired future character? Specify how it establishes
such a benchmark.
the design ensure the quality and comfort of the public domain through
- attractive and
safe public spaces and routes
- legibility of
address and access
- ease of access
(lack of barriers)
activity and opportunities for surveillance of street/s
- active frontages
- visual variety
the design well related to its site and its immediate surroundings, in
- orientation and
layout for best solar access
- relationship of
indoor to outdoor spaces
- retention of
- minimising cut
- ensuring visual
and acoustic privacy
- minimising hard
- safe and
convenient pedestrian and vehicular access
effects on neighbours including overshadowing, loss of privacy and
- types of trees.
the proposed open space on site:
identified and appropriately designed as to its function (ie either
public, communal or private).
- located for
adequate privacy and minimal overshadowing.
proportioned (not tall narrow spaces)
attractively and comfortably
- equipped with
appropriate lighting and furniture
- contributing to
the building setting.
the proposed planting:
- complement the
scale and functions of buildings.
- provide visual
interest and overall harmony.
- soften and
naturalise outdoor areas.
existing landscape in the area.provide for good solar access and
sustainability performance guide.