Concept Design Guidelines

Concept Design Guidelines for Water Sensitive Urban Design

This guideline is intended to assist urban design professionals to conceptualise and develop design solutions that integrate best-practice urban water management into urban developments.


  • Introduction to the Guidelines
  • Project Teams and WSUD Conceptual Design Process
  • WSUD Strategies
  • Best Planning Practices (BPP’s)
  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s)
  • Case Studies

This publication was developed in collaboration with leading practitioners from the disciplines of engineering, freshwater ecology, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture. The guideline is supported by a training course offered by Water by Design. While the guideline has been produced for South East Queensland, it has relevance across much of Australia.


In September 2009 this publication won two prestigious awards:

  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) QLD Project Award for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture
  • Stormwater Industry Association (SIA) QLD Excellence in Stormwater Research/ Education

Judges comments were that ‘the Concept Design Guidelines for Water Sensitive Urban Design significantly advance understanding of how to manage water resources in our urban environment.’


Concept Design Guidelines for Water Sensitive Urban Design
Version 1, March 2009
Document Format:120 pages, A3 Landscape

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Training Course:

This Guideline is supported by a one day course titled ‘Concept Design of Water Sensitive Urban Developments’.

Follow this link for more information.