Step Two - Developing the Concept

Lounge and dining

Sketch design

The concept stage involves developing sketches that illustrate the development. These should include:

  • Setbacks from boundaries
  • Pedestrian and vehicle access ways
  • Parking and manoeuvring space (if parking is to be provided)
  • Private open space for residents

You should examine surrounding development and uses, and gather documentation.


This exercise will prove useful for:

  • Consultation with planners and other consultants to guide advice
    • Confirm applicable zone, codes and building considerations
  • Preparation of planning and other consultant reports
    • Planning reports: noise emission, contamination reports, heritage impact assessment
    • Specialist reports: fire assessment, accessibility