Design excellence is a term that exists in statutory planning documents, most notably Local Environment Plans (LEPs) and State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs). It describes a variety of requirements intended to lift design quality. Design excellence provisions vary and range from the need to consider urban design themes, undertake a competitive design process and / or undertake a specific form of design competition.
GANSW is currently focussing its efforts on the following design excellence initiatives:
- Revised Design Competition Guidelines: Draft Government Architect’s Competitive Design Guidelines issued 2017 (previously the Director General’s Design Excellence Guidelines)
- Promoting Design Review: including establishment of the NSW State Design Review Panel, representation on existing local and project specific Design Review Panels (DRPs) and supporting the establishment of new design review processes
- Creating tools to implement and evaluate good design: based on the objectives of Better Placed
Find out more about our design excellence initiatives below: