Development controls are a critical step in shaping future form and delivering the desired qualities of the place. They outline the type of development that is desired and coordinates development on different sites to ensure that the existing and the new work together to create effective and attractive places.
Development controls help establish a built form that reflects the desired future character, ensuring that new buildings do not impact on significant view corridors while improving the visual appearance and amenity of the area, encouraging passive environmental design, identifying opportunities for civic space and fine grain pedestrian connectivity, and is sympathetic to surrounding heritage values.
At Studio GL our staff members have created development controls for well over 15 years, working on behalf of both private and government organisations. Our team are specialists in writing, testing and refining development controls. Our process is iterative, exploring the impact of various options through workshops, diagrams, artist impressions, computer modelling and detailed technical documentation.
Recent relevant projects include working with the Canada Bay Council to refresh their develop controls for town centres and develop detailed controls for the Five Dock Town Centre where a key requirement of the Development Control Plan was to accommodate increased height and FSR without compromising the “village character” of the centre. More recently we have prepared development controls for the Nowra CBD. Through a series of workshops with Council staff, stakeholders and the local community we created development controls that were sensitive to the desired future character outlined in the Nowra CBDMaster Plan.