Sustainable Subdivision and Ecovillage Design

Sustainable Subdivisions

Sustainable subdivisions involve the creative allocation of land. This provides for emergent patterns of living as our population ages, as people migrate to the coast and as households diversify. The workplace is fragmenting and needs to be better tied to home. Climate change and peak oil together are forcing a radical change in the way our cities grow. Subdivisions become places which last for generations, so designs of today need to be flexible enough to respond to change without destroying the landscape and place which attracted residents in the first place.

Ecovillage Design

Ecovillages are an emerging type of integrated living based on ecologically sustainable frameworks. JMLA have designed sustainable place projects throughout Australia, from single homes to districts for over 50,000 people. We are at the forefront of Australia's push to reduce our ecological footprint through design processes.


Sustainable Subdivisions
(Neighbourhood plans and Subdivision design)

Recent Sustainable Subdivisions include:

  • Orton Court, 1770, Qld
  • Warialda Community Plan, Qld
  • Bellamack, Darwin, NT
  • Tooradin Village, Vic
  • Jerrabomberra, Canberra
  • Shortland Sustainable Suburb, Newcastle, NSW
  • Masseys Court Sustainable Subdivision, Cedar Creek, Qld
  • Flinders Green, Ipswich, Qld
  • Tooradin Village Structure Plan, Vic


Recent major landscape projects by JMLA for sustainable subdivisions include a 100 dwelling community in Mount Tambourine, Qld and a 200 dwelling community and tourism facility in Binna Burra. Infill and retrofits of existing neighbourhoods include Bluegums at Maclean and New Mt. Larcom in Queensland. New forms of title are emerging to assist with faster change processes, such as the use of community titling. Infill and more creative use of existing city space is a key priority for the future.

Recent ecovillage planning includes:

  • The Ecovillage at Currumbin Valley, Qld
  • New Mt Larcom, Qld
  • Coomera Ecovillage, Qld
  • Binnaburra Village, Gold Coast, Qld
  • Caral Ecovillage, Toogoom, Qld
  • Basil Bay, Keswick Island, Qld
  • Turkey Beach Environmental and Housing Strategy, Qld
  • Jerrabomberra - Sustainable Newtown, Canberra, ACT