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Street Design Manual 

Practice Notes

Street Design Manual 

Developed by Industry for Industry

Streets and pathways are the building blocks of every residential neighbourhood. Along with our built environment, well-planned streets and neighbourhoods influence how people move and interact, access parks and open space, walk and cycle for leisure, recreation, exercise and transport.


The Street Design Manual recognises that streets as an important connector to multi-purpose social spaces in our neighbourhoods. It offers access options for active transport delivering safer neighbourhoods and a sense of community.


The detailed practical guidance provided in the Manual has been developed with input from highly experienced professionals from across the sector. The feedback received during the consultation period, coupled with many robust debates from the Working Groups resulted in a Manual that will be a valuable resource for local authorities, engineers, planners, designers, practitioners and decision makers involved with the planning and design of walkable neighbourhoods.

For Development

Guidelines and Codes of Practice for the following precincts are proposed:

  1. Transit-oriented Activity Centres

  2. Non-transit-oriented Commercial Centres (such as District Centres)

  3. Main Streets

  4. Multi-use Precincts

  5. Business Parks

  6. Industrial Precincts

  7. Rural Villages

  8. Rural Residential Neighbourhoods

  9. Lower-density Private Residential (where the internal roads are common property)


A regular review of the Manual will be undertaken to ensure it incorporates best practices. The first review is now in progress. To provide feedback on the initial document, please download the SDM Feedback form and forward to


07 3632 6800

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