Planning Process

Manningham City Council's overall vision for Doncaster Hill, outlined in the Doncaster Hill Strategy 2002 (revised 2004), is for a coordinated design approach to that incorporates environmentally sustainable development (ESD) objectives.

Through an integrated planning process, Council deals with planning applications in an efficient manner. The planning provisions required for a planning permit are detailed in the Manningham Planning Scheme. These controls represent the legal requirements for all permit applicants within Doncaster Hill.

Developers are encouraged to initially approach Council's Doncaster Hill Place Manager (Ph: 9840 9474, email when planning to build on a site within the Hill. 

Core requirements to be addressed by all Doncaster Hill planning applications include addressing the Doncaster Hill Strategy vision and objectives, the Activity Centre Zone (ACZ1) requirements and the preparation of a Sustainability Management Plan (SMP). The SMP ensures applicants address specific sustainable design elements throughout a building’s design and life and the Strategy vision and objectives address matters such as land use, building height, setback and form.

In addition to the standard permit consideration process, developers will also be assisted by the Sustainable Design Taskforce advisory group, which provides early advice on development proposals.

The Doncaster Hill Sustainability Guidelines provide direction to developers regarding Council's expectations for the Sustainability Management Plan. Together with the policies in the Manningham Planning Scheme, developers can refer to the user-friendly information in the Guidelines to ensure that the proposal addresses the key performance areas.

Manningham Construction Management Plan Guidelines and Template

Council continues to work proactively with developers and builders to ensure that neighbourhood amenity and Council’s assets are protected during construction activities. Comprehensive Construction Management Guidelines and Template and a Works Code of Practice have been developed and are now available for use. All major developments in Doncaster Hill are required to have the completed Construction Management Plan Template endorsed Council before the development starts. The following elements will need to be addressed:

  • Element A1: Public Safety, Amenity and Site Security
  • Element A2: Operating Hours, Noise and Vibration Controls
  • Element A3: Air Quality and Dust Management
  • Element A4: Stormwater and Sediment Control and Tree Protection
  • Element A5: Waste Minimisation and Litter Prevention
  • Element A6: Traffic and Parking Management

Once approved, the template will form part of the planning permit. A Works Code of Practice has also been developed as a handy guide for smaller developments in Manningham. The CMP Guidelines and an editable template can be downloaded from the Key Documents section below. For more information, contract Council’s Statutory Planning Unit on 9840 9470.