The Victorian Government has just released the Better Apartments Design Standards, which are set to become part of the Victoria Planning Provisions.

The new standards will come into effect in March 2017 and have been developed to address building setbacks, room depth, accessibility, waste and water, energy efficiency, storage, open space and noise minimisation for new developments. ?

The new standards can be downloaded here

Having reviewed the Better Apartments Design Standards we have noted a number of important implementations that we believe will provide a beneficial framework for new developments while facilitating a healthy balance of quality and affordability.

As with all legislative changes there is some uncertainty about how stringently the standards will be implemented, which highlights the importance of seeking professional advice when planning your development.

Our recommendation to all developers is to review the new standards and seek advice from one of our experienced team on how these standards may effect your development.