Proposed changes to Monash’s open space contribution levy (C148)

As we emerge from our homes and recommence public and social living, the heightened importance of public open space planning and delivery is an important issue as cities continue to evolve, grow and densify.

The recently released Interim Panel Report for Monash C148 considered proposed updates to the municipal public open space contribution levy, including to require a flat 10% public open space contribution rate, or in the case of major redevelopments potentially more. 

kinetica’s expert evidence assisted the Panel review and highlighted some important lessons about:

  • what is eligible open space;
  • oversimplifying the planning area over which to assess open space needs and the distinctions between the open space needs associated with residential and industrial subdivision;
  • being clear where growth and additional open space needs are located; and
  • drawing a clear nexus between need and the contributions to be made in particular precincts.

Further work is to be done by Monash City Council and there will be progressive review of other municipal open space strategies.

All reviews will need to carefully balance a variety of considerations before establishing different benchmarks for contribution rates to meet current and future open space needs.

Read the Interim Monash C148 Panel Report HERE or contact Rob Milner or Alison Milner for more information.


Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.