Water Sensitive Urban Design

What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is about integrating water cycle management into urban planning and design to manage the impacts of stormwater from development.

WSUD is fast becoming the best approach to stormwater management in our cities, offering an alternative to the traditional approach to stormwater management where water is directed via pipes and waterways to the Bay, with little, if any treatment prior to discharge. It requires a shift in thinking so that stormwater is viewed as a valuable resource and our waterways as an environmental asset.

WSUD is not only for public roads and spaces; it can also be incorporated into the design of private homes and yards as well as commercial and industrial premises.

The key principles of WSUD are to: 

  • Protect and enhance our natural waterways 
  • Treat and improve stormwater quality  
  • Integrate stormwater treatment into the landscape 
  • Reduce drinking water demand 
  • Minimise wastewater generation and apply treatment for reuse
  • Reduce rainfall run-off and peak flows (flood minimisation)

WSUD applications may include: 

  • Permeable driveways and porous pavements to allow stormwater to seep back into the ground
  • Raingardens to help filter pollutants out of stormwater before it enters our creeks and rivers
  • Grassed or landscaped swales to slow stormwater and filter pollutants
  • Greywater systems to harvest and reuse wastewater 
  • Installation of rainwater tanks and stormwater reuse

A simple and effective WSUD option for many households is to install a raingarden. Raingardens are self-watering, low maintenance gardens that capture and clean stormwater before it enters the local waterways.

WSUD Guidelines

In January 2012, Council endorsed the Frankston WSUD Guidelines to provide clarity and consistency to developers and Council when implementing WSUD projects within Frankston City. Download a copy of the Frankston WSUD Guidelines(PDF, 5MB) for more information.