Draft Greener Places Design Guide

The Draft Greener Places Design Guide provides information on how to design, plan and implement green infrastructure in urban areas throughout NSW. The draft guide provides strategies, performance criteria and recommendations to assist planning authorities, and design and development communities to deliver green infrastructure.

The draft Greener Places Design Guide is now on exhibition, visit the Planning Portal to have your say. The exhibition closes 5PM, 28 August, 2020.

We will be discussing the Draft Design Guide at a webinar on 2 July, 2020 – please email us to register your interest.

The Greener Places Design Guide provides advice on:

  • Open space for Recreation: green infrastructure for people,
  • Urban tree canopy; green infrastructure for adaptation and resilience and
  • Bushland and waterways: green infrastructure for habitat and ecological health

Greener Places supporting draft guide graphic

Open space for recreation

This guide provides a framework for improved public open space planning. It outlines the delivery of better quality, easily accessible open space for recreation that keeps pace with expected population growth and increased density in urban areas.

Urban tree canopy

This guide provides recommendations for planning and improvement in urban tree canopy. It addresses all levels of government and encourages a collaborative interagency approach. The aim is to empower local government and State agencies to produce evidence-based approaches that preserve and enhance the urban tree canopy.

Connecting bushland and waterway

This guide provides a framework for improving connectivity between bushland and waterways supporting habitat and biodiversity in urban areas. It promotes the connection of people to nature within a sustainable environment.