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.