Regional NSW is full of vibrant and diverse cities, towns and villages located across coastal areas, rolling tablelands, alpine snow fields and vast outback areas. Design has a crucial role to play in regional NSW to ensure quality of life in all these places and to help create healthy, happy and prosperous communities.

The Draft Urban Design Guide for Regional NSW has been prepared specifically for regional NSW and provides guidance for creating healthy built environments in regional areas of the State .

The guide recognises and celebrates the diversity of urban environments, natural landscapes, climates and communities that exist across this vast area.

Through the draft guide, objectives from the Government Architect NSW’s Better Placed, an integrated design policy for the built environment of NSW, will be applied to the state’s regions. The draft guide supports the new object of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to ‘promote good design and amenity of the built environment’.

The draft guide also plays an important role in implementing the nine Regional Plans for NSW by responding to actions to prepare regional urban design guidelines for planning, designing and developing healthy built environments.

Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW – A guide for creating healthy built environments in regional NSW is a collaboration between the Government Architect NSW and the Department of Planning and Environment, and has been informed by a survey of councils in regional NSW issued in late 2017.

Feedback collected throughout the exhibition period will help shape the final guide.

We invite you to comment on the Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW - A guide for creating healthy built environments in regional NSW until 14 November 2018.