Green Wedge Planning Review

The green wedges are a principal feature of Settlement policy in each of the metropolitan planning schemes. There is a single purpose to green wedge policy – to protect the green wedges of Metropolitan Melbourne from inappropriate development.

The planning scheme advances a series of high-level strategies to achieve the above purpose but there is a relative absence of more detailed practical guidelines on appropriate development within the green wedges. In 2018 the Victorian Labor Government made a commitment to permanently protect the green wedges against over development through tightened statutory planning controls which clearly define permitted land uses, the appropriate size and scale of uses within the non-urban green wedge region, and implement permanent planning provisions and legislation to protect and support strategic agricultural land.

 In response to the above commitment, DLA was engaged by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to:

  • Undertake a review of the existing strategic and statutory context of green wedge planning;
  • Review and understand the development and design issues affecting green wedge values;
  • Prepare a preliminary set of design guidelines (if appropriate); and
  • Make recommendations regarding appropriate statutory mechanisms.

Following completion of the background work, DLA prepared ‘A Guide for Appropriate Development in Melbourne’s Green Wedges’ (Guide). The Guide provides a tool to address excessive size and scale of land use and developments that often conflict with the rural amenity and landscape values of green wedges. In support of the Guide, we also prepared an implementation report, we analysed the different policy and/or planning provision mechanisms that could be utilised to guide appropriate development outcomes in Melbourne’s green wedges. DELWP is currently reviewing this work and undertaking widespread engagement in response to the findings.

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.