These interim DDOs seek to ensure any future changes to the area respond to the predominant character of each street (for example: Brunswick Street is a commercial activity centre with a strong heritage streetscape, whereas the back streets of Fitzroy/Collingwood are mixed-use areas with former industrial character).

New development should fit in with the existing character of the area and ensure it does not dominate existing heritage buildings. Where there are less heritage buildings, DDOs will ensure that a pedestrian scale is maintained along the street, to make sure buildings don’t become overwhelming. Good outcomes for pedestrians should be achieved, with opposite footpaths and public open spaces protected from overshadowing, and taller parts of buildings distanced from existing low residential buildings behind.

The design of new buildings should provide active ground frontages and avoid harsh, solid walls. The taller a building, the further it will need to be pushed away from low residential areas at the back. The height and shape of new buildings should be designed to preserve the prominence of and view lines to landmark heritage buildings throughout the area.

Each DDO outlines specific maximum building heights, maximum street wall heights, minimum upper level setbacks and other design requirements. A detailed map is contained within each DDO which shows the specific design requirements that apply to each property in the DDO area.