3Locking in the vision

Design Outcome

Subdivisions provide for the quality of development to be maintained over time.

​​​​​​​​​​​Subdivision design helps to realise the vision held for a development. 

Many residents may be attracted to the particular vision for a subdivision, and expect that other residents will continue to do their share to maintain that vision over time. However, once lots are sold the clarity of the developer’s vision can become quickly dissipated.​​

Better Design Practice

  • Subdivision design should identify any potential limitations of lots and provide explanation and guidance on how subsequent development should respond to these and the site conditions, so that there is clarity over exactly what is expected in the future. 
  • Use consent notices, covenants and other subdivision conditions to make sure that the long term development of the subdivision stays true to the initial vision. Matters that can be addressed include: 
    • building materials or architectural style
    • bulk and location requirements or exemptions
    • particular design requirements or approval processes independent of the Council
    • particular types of landscaping or maintenance regimes
    • the protection of particular trees or other features
    • maintenance requirements to be met
    • ongoing certification of particular site features. 

  • Ensure lot purchasers are aware of ongoing or future requirements or restrictions, so that they do not unintentionally create problems for themselves or neighbours. Examples of potential problems include: 
    • purchasers in areas known for native bird habitat having pets (usually cats and or dogs) that are not permitted and then need to be re-homed
    • undertaking building alterations or additions on a cross-leased property without obtaining approval from other lease holders, then being unable to update the flats plan
    • undertaking building alterations or additions that are not permitted (e.g. non uniform fence styles or materials), which then need to be pulled down.