Activity centre design guidelines

thumbnail images of urban areasThe Activity Centre Design Guidelines support councils and developers to create well designed activity centres in Victoria. The Guidelines provide advice to developers, planners and place managers on what constitutes best-practice in developing vibrant, high quality activity centres.

Cover of the Activity Centre Design Guidelines 

The guidelines are structured under eight elements of design consideration:

  • urban structure
  • stations and interchanges
  • street design
  • public spaces
  • building design
  • malls and large stores
  • higher density housing
  • car parking


The guidelines provide advice and guidance to councils in structure planning for activity centres and in developing individual planning scheme policies and controls. Planning and responsible authorities should have regard to the Guidelines in preparing activity centre structure plans and in assessing the design and built form of new development in activity centres (Clauses 11.01-2 and 15.01 -2) of the State Planning Policy Framework).

Each activity centre has distinguishing features and attributes which are revealed and highlighted through excellent design. These guidelines aim to ensure activity centres are designed so that they are exciting places where people want to live, work, shop and play – an important part of preserving our liveability now and for the future.

To view the Activity Centre Design Guidelines, select the link below:

Activity Centre Design Guidelines (PDF, 1.1 MB, 54 pp.)
More information about Activity Centres

Page last reviewed on 23 June 2015

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