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Engineering requirements for new developments and subdivisions.

Design standards for infrastructure in new developments and subdivisions

Council has adopted 2 different engineering design standards for new infrastructure created as part of new developments and subdivisions. Each standard is applied within a specific area in the Shire.

These design standards supersede any previous standards and should be used on all new developments and subdivisions in the relevant location.

Engineering Design and Construction Manual – applies to areas within the Urban Growth Boundary

The EDCM applies to those areas of the Shire located within Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary, which includes Wallan and Beveridge.

To review the standards go to The Victorian Planning Authority: Engineering Design and Construction Manual (EDCM).

Infrastructure Design Manual – applies to the rest of the Shire

The IDM applies to Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour, Wandong, Heathcote Junction, Pyalong and all other areas not located within the Urban Growth Boundary.

To review the standards go to: Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM)

To find out more about Engineering requirements for new developments or subdivisions please contact our Engineering Services Department on phone 03 5734 6200.

Your permit application and infrastructure data

A-Spec – Including D-Spec, R-spec and O-Spec

Mitchell Shire Council in conjunction with other Councils has developed a specification document for the delivery of infrastructure data in a GIS-ready format. A-Spec is made up of a series of separate infrastructure specifications. These being:

  • D-Spec — Drainage data — including underground and open channel drainage, retarding basins and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) data
  • R-Spec — Road data — including road pavement, kerb, footpath and fire hydrant data
  • O-Spec — Open-space data — including active and passive recreation areas, park furniture and facilities

Unless otherwise agreed to by our Engineering Department, all new infrastructure created as part new sub-divisional development will require A-spec data files to be submitted to Council prior to the issuing of a Statement of Compliance for a subdivision that creates infrastructure that Council will manage.

Before the issuing of the Statement of Compliance or placing works on maintenance, you must submit to Council:

  • An electronic copy of the "as constructed" drawings in PDF and AutoCAD DWG file in GDA94-MGA Zone 55 mapping coordinates and the appropriate A-Spec files in (TAB or MID/MIF format) in accordance with the A-Spec Standard.

For more information go to the A-SPEC website

D-Spec templates

Use our templates to submit D-Spec data:

Build Over Easement Policy and Guidelines

If you are planning to build over an easement vested in Council or a Council drain, you need to understand our guidelines. They explain what can and cannot be built over such an easement and outline the application process.

Read the:

To find out more about technical issues contact our Engineering Services Department. For application enquiries contact our Building Services Department. Phone 03 5734 6200 or email mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au