Five and More Storeys - Assessing Higher Density Residential Development (Planet)

Event Outline

State and local policies encourage increased provision of higher density housing. The assessment of taller apartment buildings in established urban contexts can be challenging. It requires a detailed understanding of the current and future context of the site, application of strategic policy at a local scale and an ability to interpret the operation of complex building systems.

This collaborative course provides a detailed understanding of the relevant tools for assessing higher density residential development applications within a planning scheme.

Through case studies, the course challenges participants to consider important questions in a design response such as: What is the role of a local structure plan? What is good building separation? What is an acceptable level of internal amenity? What is borrowed daylight? How do the buildings 'work'? What is an appropriate apartment layout?

The course includes discussion of a range of built examples and a practical

Who should attend?

This course is like the ResCode course, but for higher rise developments. It is designed for strategic and statutory planners; urban designers and place managers; and for professionals involved in developing designs for higher density residential developments.

Issues covered include:

  • understand the Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development (GHDRD)
  • how to observe and analyse the local urban context, including constraints and opportunities
  • gain insights into what informs the design of higher density development
  • how to use the GHDRD effectively in planning application assessments.


Event date:


Course duration:

9.30am - 5.00pm

To register for this event, please contact PIA directly at

Please note that PIA Members receive a 30% discount.



John Glossop, Director, Glossop Town Planning. John is a former sessional Planning Panels member, and was a member of the ResCode Advisory Committee. He is a former lecturer at VUT and LaTrobe University. He appears at VCAT as an expert witness.

Simon McPherson, architect and urban design

Venue address:

PIA Training Room
Level 3/124 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Course cost:


Registration closes:

14 / 4 / 2018

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