Sustainable Residential Development

All built developments, from small to the large, have an effect on their surroundings. The quality of such developments – and of residential developments in particular – have long-term impacts, both on the communities they house and on surrounding neighbourhoods. New developments are far more than simply bricks and mortar. Where they are, how well designed and built they are and how well they integrate into existing or new communities, are factors which can, in a significant way, impact the lives of people on a daily basis and for future generations. In 2009, the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government introduced guidelines for planning authorities on sustainable residential development in urban areas to encompass cities, towns and villages. These guidelines form the basis of urban development planning nationally and can be found here. These guidelines provide a basis on which planners, designers and developers can translate ideals of sustainable living into practice.

The objective is to produce high quality, sustainable developments:

  • quality homes and neighbourhoods
  • places where people want to live, work and raise families
  • places that work for current and future generations

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