Moreland is undergoing a rapid period of change as a growing number of people choose to make Moreland their home. This growth requires us to consider the ways we can improve the quality and liveability of medium and high-density development.
In response, we are currently trialling a new initiative called the Design Excellence Scorecard until September 2021.
The Scorecard was an action arising out of the Medium Density Housing Review, which Council endorsed in October 2018.
What is the Moreland Design Excellence Scorecard?
The Scorecard is a voluntary tool for applicants to use. It establishes a benchmark for design excellence of medium and high-density development in Moreland.
The standards of this benchmark are in addition to the requirements of the Moreland Planning Scheme.
There are two different Scorecards:
- The Scorecard for high density (apartment) developments (PDF 242Kb); and
- The Scorecard for medium density (townhouse) developments (PDF 407Kb).
Each Scorecard focuses on four key areas:
- Building design and materials
- Environmentally sustainable design and building performance
- Building accessibility, and
- Community benefit.
All four components must be met to be compliant with the Scorecard.
Developments meeting this Scorecard provide significantly improved design outcomes and community benefit.
Trial of the Scorecard process
A trial of the Scorecard process began in March 2019. In December 2019, we resolved to refine the Scorecard and extend the trial until August 2020.
On 9 September 2020 we further extended the operation of the Scorecards until September 2021, subject to the following additional requirements:
- A pre-lodgement phase of consultation with surrounding properties and key stakeholders. This consultation must comprise (as a minimum) letterbox drops to the surrounding properties referencing the availability of plans; a key contact person who is available for discussion throughout the planning process; and an opportunity for a consultation meeting to discuss the proposal and provide feedback in advance of the application’s lodgement.
- The Design Excellence Scorecard must be met (with any conditions agreed to in writing) prior to public notice of an application.
- In the circumstances of 5 or more objections to a proposal meeting the Design Excellence Scorecard, a Planning Information and Discussion Meeting must be held with invitations sent to all councillors.
- Projects that meet the Design Excellence Scorecard will be subject to our enhanced proactive planning enforcement program throughout the construction process.
- Any application seeking to achieve the Design Excellence Scorecard will be presented to a Planning Briefing of Councillors for greater awareness of these projects at the outset.
Participation in the Scorecard is voluntary. Participants may nominate themselves or may be encouraged to participate by a planning officer.
If you would like to participate in the Scorecard process, we strongly encourage you to apply for a pre-application meeting.
We will also let planning permit applicants know if they are eligible for the Scorecard process during a pre-application meeting or when a permit application is received.
Permit applicants will receive written advice from us prior to public notice confirming whether their application complies with the Scorecard. The Design Excellence Scorecard must be met (with any conditions agreed to in writing) prior to public notice of an application.
Benefits of participating
There are a number of incentives for participants to meet the requirements of the Scorecard:
- An opportunity for additional pre-application meetings with planning officers, free of charge.
- The planning officer you meet at the pre-application meeting will manage the permit application, where possible.
- Support through the application process from a Senior Planner and a Planning Coordinator.
- A guaranteed decision by planning officers, rather than at a council meeting, resulting in a potential time saving of 4 to 6 weeks.
- An additional meeting with planning officers after a decision is made to facilitate endorsement of plans and reports.
- Receive a Scorecard logo that can be used as part of development marketing and promotional material.
Applicants taking part in the Scorecard process follow the standard permit application process, including public notice, and must meet the objectives of the planning scheme.
Public notification and consultation meetings with affected people continue to take place. In the circumstances of 5 or more objections to a proposal meeting the Design Excellence Scorecard, a Planning Information and Discussion Meeting must be held with invitations sent to all objectors, the applicant, and councillors.
Permit applicants and objectors continue to have the right to seek a review of planning decisions by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
How proposals are assessed
Planning officers will determine whether a proposal meets all the requirements of the Scorecard. Assessment of whether an application meets Scorecard requirements will be based on the details outlined in the Guidelines for Applicants (PDF 2.3Mb).
If you would like more information or have a question about the Moreland Design Excellence Scorecard, please contact us on 9240 1111.