Overview of changes to LDM

There are a number of fundamental changes to the Engineering Standards that have been incorporated into the Land Development Manual. An overview of these changes is outlined in the following table:

Section Change

Key objectives include a permeable, connected and attractive network that encourages walking and cycling and minimises number of short vehicle trips

Road design includes principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

‘Place’ and ‘function’ are key to determining the character of the road

Slower design speeds for ‘non-classified’ streets

Road Hierarchy definition provided

Residential Lane (Public Road) 7 – 25 dwellings

Principles and design for walkable and cycle communities included

Narrower carriageway widths for Rights of Way (ROWs)


Low impact design stormwater management to be incorporated where appropriate

Information regarding MfE’s latest sea level rise predictions and recommendations included (awaiting outcome of NES)

Climate change predictions incorporated into design rainfall intensity curves.

Capacity requirements for secondary flow paths included

Electrical and Streetlighting

White light to be used in commercial areas and areas with high levels of pedestrian use.

Conventional Style luminarie to be flat-glass lens (full cut-off lamp)


Minimum performance level of 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink for all new reticulation


This is a new section, separated from the Transport section.

Design concept of neighbourhood parks to be included with the subdivision consent application

Design criteria for combining recreational open space with stormwater management.

All Sections

The Land Development Manual contains two different levels of design requirements and responsibilities:

Text with shading - represents minimum standards that need to be met in relation to rules in the NRMP,

Text without shading - represents design requirements and guidance that are not minimum standards but are to be considered when proposing design methodologies not supported by the minimum standards.