Structure Planning

Structure planning is a tool for managing the effects and demands of development or redevelopment of larger areas held in multiple ownership in an integrated, holistic and orderly way. It is an effective means to achieve sustainable management of natural and physical resources, particularly in an urban context.

This guidance note provides direction on:

  • what a structure plan is
  • the reasons for undertaking structure planning
  • the relationship between structure plans and legislation and relevant case law
  • who is responsible for preparing structure plans
  • the structure planning process
  • the content of structure plans.

This guidance note includes a number of structure plan examples at the end of the note which are intended to provide practical examples of how structure plans can be developed and implemented to achieve certain outcomes and the lessons learnt from these processes. This guidance note is closely associated with the Subdivision guidance note.