A Strategic Development Zone refers to an area of land that is proposed to contain developments of economic or social significance to the state and the local community. For example, proposing the development of 10,000 residential units with associated transport and community infrastructure would be considered a Strategic Development Zone.

Some of the characteristics that sites that are considered to be Strategic Development Zones share, include sustainable development, high accessibility by public transport as well a focus on environmentally-friendly solutions. Strategic Development Zones do not always have to be new developments – plans can be submitted for the regeneration of certain estates or neighbourhoods as long as they aim to improve the economic and social situation in the area.