Sustainability Management Plans

A significant and increasing number of councils require ESD report / ESD management plan / Sustainability Management Plan reports with new larger sized developments, prior to granting planning permit approval. Currently these councils include: Banyule, Darebin, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Moreland, Port Philip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, and Yarra.


We are experienced in providing such larger project ESD reports to satisfy council requirements. A small sample of projects we have completed includes:

  • 184 apartments + commercial Duckett St Brunswick – MOS Architects
  • 125 apartments Porter St Prahran – BG Architecture
  • 78 apartments Station St Box Hill – Romano Property Group
  • 76 Apartments Toorak Rd South Yarra – Rothe Lowman Architects
  • 70 townhouses Epping Rd Wollert – Develco Capital
  • 68 townhouse subdivision Plenty Rd Bundoora – SJB Planning
  • 67 apartments Market St South Melbourne – BG Architecture
  • 55 apartments Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe – BG Architecture
  • 35 apartments Lygon St Brunswick – BB Design Group
  • 24 townhouses Lockhart St Mernda – Develco Capital
  • 19 apartments Cape St Heidelberg – Peter Brown Architects
  • 17 apartments Beach Rd Parkdale – Nicholson Wright
  • Office + factory development Hartwood Court Chelsea Heights – MK Building Group
  • Office Thames St Box Hill – DZine & Construction Group
  • Library Newport – Haskell Architects
  • Church + function centre Anderson’s Creek Rd Templestowe – Victorian Extension Design
  • Bus depot + workshop + office Kingston Rd Heatherton – DZine & Construction Group
  • Factory Princess Hwy Noble Park – Sims Metal
  • Showroom Madden Gve Richmond – Red Box Developments

We are also experienced in providing simpler less expensive reports for smaller sized developments (generally under 10-15 dwellings or smaller non residential developments). See

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the process or require a quote. We will generally turn around quotes within one day.


The ESD report requirements are similar from council to council but variously called:

    • ESD Management Plans (EMPs)
    • Sustainability Management Plans (SMPs)

The base report referenced in a Sustainability Management Plan is now the council developed BESS (Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard) tool which is intended to replace the previous STEPS (Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy) and SDS (Sustainable Design Scorecard) tools. Additional input requirements include Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) tools such as the STORM or MUSIC tools and preliminary energy ratings. Preliminary energy ratings are undertaken with a view to providing feedback to designers prior to planning permit stage in relation to the potential the energy efficiency of potential designs.

At LID Consulting we nominate the strategy to ensure council planners are satisfied with your ESD initiatives, work through options and complete the input tools, and write a comprehensive report based on your agreed elements, that speaks councils language and saves you time. We are experienced in delivering successful applications.