Masterplanned Development Award

This award recognises masterplanned developments, that are designed for self-sufficiency and provide high standards of design, diversity and housing choice.

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Projects must have a coherent design with a relevant range of facilities within the development. While the development can be predominantly residential, civic, recreational, entertainment, tourist, commercial or industrial, or a combination of any of these primary uses, the development must be developed to stage where tangible benefits of a master planned approach can be demonstrated.

The project must be large enough to sufficiently demonstrate that a sense of community has been created within the site. For example: Project design has facilitated a sense of community within the project area, even acting as a place attracting people outside of the project area to form part of the community.

Important Information

  • The winner of this award may have the opportunity to represent Victoria in the UDIA National Awards.
  • You must hold a developer level UDIA Victoria membership to enter your project into this category
  • It is required that your project must be substantially developed by the time of judging or at least a component or stage of the project is substantially developed
  • If you have a residential component to your project, the judging panel will need to be given access to the interior of at least one dwelling

Completion Criteria for UDIA Judging

To adequately judge an entry for the UDIA Awards for Excellence Program, entrants must provide to the Judging Panel sufficient evidence of the completion of a significant part of the project.

For example, single stage projects must show 40% of the development completed and sold or available for sale. Multistage projects must have at least one full stage completed and sold or available for sale, and other stages under development.


PART 1: Project Information

  • Key project information
  • Executive Summary (max 300 words) – this highlights the features of the development with reference to the award category criteria

PART 2: Supporting Materials

  • Project plans and maps
  • Press Releases and publicity requirements
  • 10 images of the project
  • Up to 10 Project Consultants

Part 2: Category Criteria

Each award category features its own mix of the criteria along with their explanations which can be found below.

Urban Form15%
Community Creation & Integration15%
Environmental Sustainability15%
Innovation & Unique Features5%
Access to Employment5%
Problem Solving, Consultation, Negotiation5%
State & Local Planning Objectives5%
Healthy Design5%
Housing Diversity5%
Marketing and Financial Structure5%
Judges’ Overall Impressions10%