Future proofing subdivisions

This consultation has concluded. All submissions will be considered in a report to the April 2017 Council Meeting.

Council is currently reviewing its Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards to address recurring issues with subdivisions and developments and to bring them in to line with modern standards.

These guidelines were last reviewed in 1996, so it's timely to revisit them.

It is important to gauge community expectations on these guidelines to ensure the new standards are practical and acceptable.

You can read the draft document in full here.

You can contribute to the discussion by using any or all of the three tools below.

Reviewing narrow streets

There are pros and cons to applying stricter conditions around when a narrow street can be utilised. What has your experience been?

Mapping subdivision experiences

Help us better understand existing subdivisions and development by marking your experience on a map.

Proposed changes

Council has proposed a number of changes to the Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards, tell us your thoughts on any or all of them.

Council is currently reviewing its Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards to address recurring issues with subdivisions and developments and to bring them in to line with modern standards.

These guidelines were last reviewed in 1996, so it's timely to revisit them.

It is important to gauge community expectations on these guidelines to ensure the new standards are practical and acceptable.

You can read the draft document in full here.

You can contribute to the discussion by using any or all of the three tools below.

Reviewing narrow streets

There are pros and cons to applying stricter conditions around when a narrow street can be utilised. What has your experience been?

Mapping subdivision experiences

Help us better understand existing subdivisions and development by marking your experience on a map.

Proposed changes

Council has proposed a number of changes to the Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards, tell us your thoughts on any or all of them.

  • Council is proposing to make a number of changes to the Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards.


    These include:

    • Early discussion with engineering staff on requirements for the development/subdivision
    • Current minimum asphalt wearing course of 25mm to be increased and consideration being given to 2 coat bitumen seal as final surface
    • Previous Guidelines provided for a 30 year design life, this consultation seeks comment on a 50 year design life
    • Requirement for Traffic Engineering Report
    • More involvement of a Geotechnical Engineer in relation to pavement design and construction
    • Increased requirement on use of appropriate materials

    Council is proposing to make a number of changes to the Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development Standards.


    These include:

    • Early discussion with engineering staff on requirements for the development/subdivision
    • Current minimum asphalt wearing course of 25mm to be increased and consideration being given to 2 coat bitumen seal as final surface
    • Previous Guidelines provided for a 30 year design life, this consultation seeks comment on a 50 year design life
    • Requirement for Traffic Engineering Report
    • More involvement of a Geotechnical Engineer in relation to pavement design and construction
    • Increased requirement on use of appropriate materials in pavement construction
    • Use of CCTV and pressure testing for drainage and sewer pipelines
    • Increased focus on compaction of trenches in easements and road pavements to meet the Australian Standard
    • Consideration of curved sewer lines
    • Footpaths in new developments to be 1.5m in width
    • Maintenance period will be 12 months
    • Roads of 7.5m width to have no more than 10 lots
    • Provision of lot soil classification

    You can read the draft document here (include link to PDF).

    Leave your comments on any or all of the proposed changes in the form below.

    This online form will be available until 7 April 2017.

    This consultation has concluded. All submissions will be considered in a report to the April 2017 Council Meeting.