WSUD measures and the building and planning approvals processes

Organica Engineering can offer our services to Councils to run internal and public workshops with to focus on integrating development WSUD measures into the building and planning approvals.

Many Councils have a vision to improve sustainable water management within the municipality. Stormwater goals include improving the water quality in waterways, increasing the performance and service life of existing stormwater systems, reducing flooding issues and increasing drought resilience.

Training outcomes:

Training will aim to assist Council’s environmental planner to map out and draw together the different areas of WSUD into one integrated approvals process that includes all internal stakeholders, leading to a more streamlined process for applicants, and more effective on-ground implementation of initiatives in development and redevelopment sites.

Creating better WSUD outcomes during the planning application process allows engineering to deliver peak flow attenuation as well as volume reduction and improved water quality outcomes. Peak flow attenuation reduces the need for expensive, unpopular and disruptive stormwater drainage asset upgrades.

The overall aim of training is to help protect drainage infrastructure and deliver living rivers and waterways as part of an integrated WSUD Strategy.

Often there is a need to run workshops and training to inform developers on the different opportunities for incorporating WSUD into their development applications and what current obligations they have under Planning Scheme provisions.

Public training aims:

  • Introduction to sustainable design assessment in the planning system.
  • Introduction to WSUD best practices on development sites.
  • We look at the Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning Process (SDAPP) program used by most Melbourne metropolitan councils, as well as how BESS, STORM, InSite Water, Music and Green Star can be used to efficiently generate and assess the stormwater sustainability of planning permit applications.
  • We will look at local Council MSS, local activity centre, VPP and LPP policies that support and require stormwater sustainability assessment of applications.
  • Optional – an online training module for developers who are unable to make the physical training.

Internal Staff training aims:

Stormwater training aims to deliver:

  • An internal workshop with drainage engineers and planning staff looking at the current policy and processes. This will provide a briefing / refresher on the WSUD policy, and we will look at possible process optimisation options for implementing the policy.
  • We will workshop with planners the most efficient way to assess smaller applications, and discuss how to refer more complex applications for assessment.
  • We will workshop with Assets and Engineering the value of stormwater design during the planning stage of a development, and how more rigorous engineering standards can still be applied using tools such as InSite Water.
  • We will workshop with Assets and Engineering on how the principles of the Volume Management, and how the new Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR 2016 -Engineers Australia) can be applied to Council drainage connection permits. The new ARR is significant because it is what the legal community will use when deciding cases of flood liability and professional malpractice.
  • Detailed instruction on how to use InSite water within Council as an integrated water management design and assessment framework.

Training can be delivered as a mix of in-person workshops and online webinars.  We find that webinars and content that can be accessed by staff at their desks at a later stage works better for some time poor stakeholders.

Case Study

The following paper is a case study of implementing a sustainable stormwater strategy into planning and building approvals. Presented at the Stormwater 2018 conference, it outlines the program at the City of Greater Dandenong of process mapping, systems integration and training of the planning, ESD, and stormwater engineering teams on how to engage with the development community for source control stormwater outcomes at the lot scale.

Council Case Study 2018

About the trainer

Ian Adams is an experienced public speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, regularly providing training at the highest levels in government and the building industry.  As the CASBE / MaV’s endorsed BESS trainer, he trained hundreds of planners, engineers, and building professionals on sustainable design. He is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as InSite Water, BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement WSUD and sustainable design in buildings. Formerly he worked as Sustainability Coordinator for Frasers (Australand) guiding their implementation of ESD and WSUD into over 1,000 housing, industrial, commercial and apartment buildings.

Ian has also worked as a planning sustainability referrals officer at Knox Council, and he has assisted many metropolitan Councils with establishing their sustainability assessment in planning and capital words programs.

Ian’s Relevant Training Experience:

–          Undertaking in house training and workshops on implementing ESD, WSUD and sustainable capital works for several Victorian councils including the City of Port Phillip, Whittlesea, Frankston, Maribyrnong, Manningham, Casey, Dandenong, Knox, Hobson’s Bay, Brimbank, Whitehorse, and Penrith, Yarra Ranges, Queanbeyan and the Blue Mountains Council in NSW.
–          Faculty Member and Trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, running the Green Star Courses in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane for over 8 years and training over 1000 building industry professionals for the following Green Star courses: Design and As-Built Course, Green Star Performance, and Green Star Communities.
–          Lecturer for RMIT university for the last 9 years running the Urban Systems sustainable design course for undergraduate Environmental Engineers.
–          Lecturer for RMIT University for the last 9 years for the “Masters of Sustainable Practice” course, including WSUD modules, focussing on integrating sustainability into the built environment and urban infrastructure.
–          Lecturer for Melbourne University’s architecture faculty, teaching Masters of Environments students about Green Star and built environmental sustainability.

Testimonials for Ian’s training (from a recent conference presentation):

“One word – Informative”

 “Very well presented with good balance of visuals, concepts and using relevant examples.”

 “Excellent. I had no knowledge about the area. Ian made it interesting even for the novice. He also made it clear that there are no simple solutions. I enjoyed learning from an expert that appreciated complexity.”

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