The Penguin Urban Design Guidelines were developed in 2008 to:
“… ensure the future form and functionality of the town maintains and enhances the existing coastal village character. It is recognized that a place continually evolves and that the character of a town is dynamic and reflects the changes within the community, built form and the natural environment. The Urban Design Guidelines assist to manage change in a sustainable way and to achieve the desired objectives for the town’s future growth“.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission approved a special area overlay and additional standards to the planning scheme which further the objectives of the Penguin Urban Design Guidelines. The amendment came into effect on 21 July 2010.