Friday, 17 December 2021 15:05

WSROC commended by Planning Institute

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WSROC's Urban Heat Planning Toolkit has received commendation at the Planning Institute of Australia's 2021 NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Urban Heat Planning Toolkit was developed to assist councils integrate urban heat into their local planning instruments;  Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plans (DCPs).

The toolkit focuses on strategies that can be implemented in new development and redevelopment, to reduce urban heat and help people adapt.

Local planning provisions are important mechanisms to influence built environment outcomes, and improved controls have the potential to reduce the impacts of urban heat.  However, this is a new and complex space.

The toolkit identifies various design measures to reduce the impacts of urban heat, identifies how each measure works, summarises key evidence and notes limitations. Several case studies are included.

Three broad types of recommendations are made:

  1. New LEP and DCP provisions. To raise the prominence of urban heat in LEPs and DCPs, it is recommended that specific urban heat provisions should be included.
  2. Improvements to existing provisions. Where LEP and DCP provisions need to meet multiple objectives including addressing heat, it is more appropriate to build on existing provisions. Recommendations are made to improve many existing provisions including landscape, tree and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) provisions.
  3. Topics beyond local planning controls. For example, BASIX governs energy efficiency and thermal performance for residential development.

This WSROC-led project has been a collaboration between Blacktown, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Liverpool and City of Parramatta councils and expert consultants Civille, UNSW, University of Adelaide and Atelier 10.

Following this commendation WSROC was invited to deliver a specialist webinar for Planning Institute of Australia members on integrating urban heat mitigation into the planning system.


 This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government and supported by local Government NSW.

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