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Macedon Ranges Guidelines for Residential Subdivision, Victoria

Town/Region | Macedon Ranges
State | VIC
Context | Regional and Rural
Target Group | All, new home owners
Timing | Guidelines released 2005, checklist to be completed mid 2009
Weblink | Click here to view the website.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Guidelines for Residential Subdivision: Designing in Health & Wellbeing (“the Guidelines”) were prepared to assist with the formulation of residential development proposals, specifically addressing subdivision design and the provision of and connection to community infrastructure.

The Guidelines were released in 2005, and in 2006 the Victorian State Government introduced new standards for residential subdivision into the State Policy Planning Framework (specifically Clause 56). 

In 2008 the Guidelines were reviewed to determine whether they were the most effective way to ensure that health and wellbeing considerations remained at the forefront of residential subdivision design in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

It was determined that the Guidelines had relevance as a reference document but that the intent needed to be condensed into a more user-friendly format. 

Key Features

  • One of few municipal authorities to have documented their intent to consider healthy design principles in land use planning decisions in this form.
  • Provides comprehensive overview of how to incorporate health and wellbing considerations into new subdivisions.
  • Winner of the Policy for Healthy Communities 2005 Heart Foundation Kellogg Local Government Awards.


  • Need for a more user-friendly format to ensure greater understanding and uptake of healthy design principles by internal and external parties.
  • In the long-term health and wellbeing considerations need to be formally incorporated into the Local Policy Planning Framework and Municipal Strategic Statement; and into all other relevant Council policies and strategies in order to enforce use and recognition.

Click here for more detailed information on the Macedon Ranges Guidelines for Residential Subdivision. 

Last updated on 22nd June, 2009

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.