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The City of Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards

As urban density increases to cater for a growing and changing population, Knox City Council is committed to working with the community and industry on improving design and development outcomes in the municipality. The inaugural Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2019, will celebrate excellence in the design and development of the built environment in the City of Knox.

Award categories and judging criteria

In relation to residential developments, refer to the Knox Housing Strategy Residential Policy map to locate the property you are nominating, the residential type area classification and the preferred housing type and design guidelines for each area.

Bush Suburban - Residential

Preferred housing type - single dwelling, dual occupancy (where minimum subdivision size requirements can be met).

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Bush Suburban areas.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Contributes to the protection and enhancement of environmental and biological values, including significant indigenous and native vegetation.
  • Enhances the Bush Suburban character.

Knox Neighbourhood - Residential

(Small lots – under 1,000m2) Preferred housing type - detached dwelling and dual occupancy.

(Large lots –1,000m2 and above) Preferred housing type - unit and villa units.

Judging criteria:

  • Are consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Knox Residential Design Guidelines for Knox Neighbourhood areas.
  • Dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas exhibit design excellence and functionality.
  • Demonstrate environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Enhances the ‘green and leafy’ Knox Neighbourhood character.

Local Living - Residential

(All lots) Dual occupancy, villa units and townhouses.

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Local Living Areas.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to dwellings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Enhances the ‘green and leafy’ and ‘village feel’ around larger shopping areas.

Activity areas - Residential

(All lots) Villa units, townhouses, apartments and mixed use. Additional planning controls and covenants apply based on approved Structure plans.

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Housing Strategy and Residential Design Guidelines for Activity Areas, or the relevant approved Structure Plan.
  • Is consistent with the Victorian Government’s ‘Better Apartments Design Standards’
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to buildings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.
  • Balances more intensive residential development of Activity Areas with a ‘green and leafy’ character.

Industrial, commercial and institutional

Judging criteria:

  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to buildings, outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design and development principles.

Landscape Design

Judging criteria:

  • Is consistent with the Knox Landscape Plan Guidelines.
  • Complements the built form and surrounds.
  • Exhibits design excellence and functionality in relation to outdoor spaces and garden areas.
  • Demonstrates environmentally sensitive design principles.
  • Values existing vegetation and existing canopy trees, by retention and integration into the site design.

The Knox Award

Judging criteria:

  • An exemplar project, selected from the winners of all categories.

For further information

Contact the City Futures department on 9298 8000 or email knoxawards@knox.vic.gov.au

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