In our response to the Victorian Government’s Better Apartments Draft Design Standards, Council has called for the establishment of standards relating to minimum apartment size and external building design, and better management of potential impacts on adjoining properties.

The Draft Design Standards are generally consistent with the feedback Council provided as part of our submission to the Better Apartments Discussion Paper in July 2015.

While Council is generally supportive of the draft standards, we are concerned and disappointed by the significant gaps and shortcomings, most notably:

  • lack of minimum apartment sizes
  • absence of standards to manage potential impacts on neighbouring properties (particularly for developments of five or more storeys)
  • lack of design standards to ensure high quality external design and architecture
  • lack of detail on the implementation approach and the timing.

Consequently, Council is unable to determine how the standards will impact our assessment of applications and decision-making.

As part of its submission, Council provided a detailed response and suggestions to each of the design aspects.