Sustainable Management Plan (SMP)

SMP_logo_Planning_1When is an SMP required?

An SMP is required for all larger developments, comprising of 10 or more residential dwellings or more than 1000m2 of non-residential Gross Floor Area (GFA).

What is an SMP?

An SMP is a detailed sustainability assessment of a proposed design at the planning stage. An SMP demonstrates best practice in the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories and; 

  • Provides a detailed assessment of the development. It may use relevant tools such as BESS and STORM or an alternative assessment approach to the satisfaction of the responsible authority; and
  • Identifies achievable environmental performance outcomes having regard to the objectives of Clause 22.17 (as appropriate); and
  • Demonstrates that the building has the design potential to achieve the relevant environmental performance outcomes, having regard to the site’s opportunities and constraints; and
  • Documents the means by which the performance outcomes can be achieved.

An SMP identifies beneficial, easy to implement, best practice initiatives. The nature of larger developments provides the opportunity for increased environmental benefits and the opportunity for major resource savings. Hence greater rigour in investigation is justified. It may be necessary to engage a sustainability consultant to prepare an SMP.

Addressing the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories

If your application is a Large application, it is required to address 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories. More information about those categories is available here.

The categories are:

  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Stormwater Management
  • Building Materials
  • Transport
  • Waste Management
  • Urban Ecology
  • Innovation
  • Construction and Building Management

Submitting an SMP

An SMP should be prepared by a sustainability specialist and submitted as a separate report with your planning application. Ensure that all ESD initiatives addressed are clearly demonstrated and annotated on your architectural drawings.

Download SMP Reference

Yarra Council has developed this pdf format Sustainable Management Plan Reference (278.13kB)  which aims to provide guidance on how to prepare an SMP Report.

The reference is also available in word format:docx format Sustainable Management Plan Reference (153.92kB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about ESD in the planning process.

Further Information
Euan Williamson & Johanna Trickett
Environmentally Sustainable Development Advisors
9205 5366

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