Public space contributes to the liveability of our City and defines our unique sense of identity and place. It is open and accessible to people. It is where we meet our friends, exercise, play sport and relax. It is generally publicly owned and typically includes footpaths, urban plazas, park, sports fields and beaches.
Engagement on the draft Public Space Strategy occurred in August and September 2020. Council is now reviewing the feedback and preparing the final Public Space Strategy for adoption in 2021.
What is the Public Space Strategy and why do we need it
The Public Space Strategy is the vision and blueprint for the future of our public spaces in the City of Port Phillip.
It is one of Council's core strategies and delivers on Strategic Direction 4 of the Council Plan 2017-2027 ‘We are growing and keeping our character.' It informs Council's ongoing planning and investment in public spaces. It also integrates with and supports the delivery of Council's vision and other core Council strategies that impact the public realm.
In the strategy, public space is described as:
- Public open space (referred to in this strategy as open space) –parks, gardens, reserves, the foreshore and urban spaces
- Shopping strips (activity centres) – destination public spaces which people visit to socialize and relax
- Streetscapes – key streets that link our public spaces and shopping strips
- Contributory public space – other public space such as waterways, civic plazas, forecourts and State-owned and managed land (like schools)
- Publicly accessible space on private land – spaces that are linked to major commercial and residential buildings that are privately owned but accessible to the public.
The strategy is timely in the context of:
- Significant growth pressures facing Council
- The need for an updated Public Space Strategy to manage the demand from this growth, integrated with Council's long term planning
- The release of the Fishermans Bend Framework and updated precinct planning.
Responding to this, the strategy outlines the challenges, outcomes and actions required to realise the full potential of Port Phillip's already enviable public space network of parks, gardens, streets, the foreshore, and urban plazas. It is evolutionary, transforming our existing spaces through an integrated action plan that will guide the operation, delivery, upgrade and design of public spaces for each neighbourhood across the City.
The Public Space Strategy will also align with other key Council strategies including the Move, Connect Live - Integrated Transport Strategy, the Local Planning Policy Framework review, Act and Adapt - Sustainability Strategy, the Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Art and Soul - Creative and Prosperous City Strategy.