Moreland is undergoing rapid change as a growing number of people choose to make Moreland their home. This growth requires us to consider ways we can improve the quality and liveability of medium and high-density development. In response, we're trialing a new initiative, called the Design Excellence Scorecard.

What is the Design Excellence Scorecard?

The Moreland Design Excellence Scorecard is a tool that establishes a benchmark and defines design excellence in the City of Moreland.

It seeks to improve the design quality and liveability of medium and high-density development above the standard requirements of the Moreland Planning Scheme.

There are two Scorecards, one for townhouse/multi-unit developments and one for apartment developments.

The Scorecard focuses on the enhancement of four key areas:

1. Building design and materials;

2. Environmentally Sustainable Design and building performance;

3. Building accessibility; and

4. Community benefit.

As part of the trial of the Scorecard, it is proposed that planning applications that meet the requirements of the Planning Scheme as well as the Design Excellence Scorecard should be approved by Council officers without the need of a decision via a Council Meeting. This process is proposed as a way of encouraging developers to go beyond the current Planning Scheme requirements to provide higher quality development design outcomes in Moreland. Planning applications that meet the Scorecard will still be subject to public notification and community consultation requirements as per all normal planning applications.

In August this year we sought feedback on the Scorecard from our community via a short online survey. We also hosted a Feedback Session about the Scorecard on 13 August. We are working through the results of our survey and Feedback Session and will update our community on the outcomes of our consultation soon.