draft Open Space Strategy Refresh

Consultation has concluded

Consultation on the Open Space Strategy Refresh has concluded.

Thank you to everyone who provided comment and feedback.

All comments will be presented to Council for consideration

If you have any further questions regarding the Open Space Strategy Refresh please contact Council's Recreation and Open Space Team on 9524 3333.

Consultation on the Open Space Strategy Refresh has concluded.

Thank you to everyone who provided comment and feedback.

All comments will be presented to Council for consideration

If you have any further questions regarding the Open Space Strategy Refresh please contact Council's Recreation and Open Space Team on 9524 3333.

Guest Book

This is your opportuntiy to comment on the Open Space Strategy and the strategic direction it provides. Specific park design or features would generally be considered when new developments or upgrades occur.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

There is a huge disparity between the increases in Open Space and Population Growth since 1998.

A dramatic change is needed – Council's focus needs to switch from acquiring pocket parks to acquiring large consolidated lots which have the ability to provide for multiple parkland uses (ie. play, sports, exercise and relaxation in various combinations). Developers can find such lots, why can’t Council?

Along with changing the focus to large consolidated lots, the new strategy needs to include:

An assessment of expected population growth and the associated need to expand the municipality’s parks.
Quantification of the deficiencies in terms of the populations open space needs based on
Demographics and housing types
Facilities required (eg. active sports facilities for both men and women, children’s playgrounds, passive recreation). FYI – 2020 Open Refresh survey of population usages was undertaken in 2012.
Proximity and accessibility to medium and high density housing in activity centres
A clear and measurable framework for overcoming the current open space deficiencies. For example,
How and where are identified deficiencies to be addressed? (Large parks provide for multiple uses whereas small parks provide limited recreational or environmental benefits and are relatively more expensive to maintain).
How much will this cost?
How should it be funded?
Open Space Levy Revenue – believe it should be 100% expended on new parkland and rehabilitation
Land contributions in lieu of $ Open Space Levy payments or
Community benefit land contributions for height limit exemptions of up to 4 stories.
Council’s Operating Surplus
Council borrowings
How much should the OS Levy be – SGE recommends varying the rate as follows
Neighbourhood Residential Zone – 10%
General Residential (3 stories) and Residential Growth (4 stories) – 12%
Commercial and Mixed Use Zones – 15%
Reporting standards to be applied to the acquisition and rehabilitation of new parkland and new facilities in existing parkland? Both in terms of dimensions of areas and $’s
Discussion (pro’s and con’s) on use of Parkland Acquisitions Overlays?

natvella74 about 2 years ago

The top Open Space priority for Glen Eira should be to purchase land to create more open space across the municipality. Please stop "refreshing" existing open space (unless there are safety issues) until we have more open space. We don't want awards for our open space, we want more open space which is close to home. We want open space that is filled with trees and plants to help us connect with nature, exercise, and socialise. We also don't want open space which is a concrete jungle - we already have enough of that with all the development sprouting everywhere. Given how little open space we have, the developer open space levy is too low. We need more open space quickly.

Simone S about 2 years ago

Planning for Health and Design
Plan Melbourne: Cooling and Greening of Melbourne
Open Space Strategy Refresh dated November 2019
Plan Melbourne Action Plans
Action Plan 91 :
Create urban forests throughout the metropolitan area by:
• assembling and disseminating spatial data on the green space network, existing tree cover [measureents] and surfaces.
This data will be the baseline for modelling future greening strategies and their impacts on amenity of our urban areas including cooling effects
• working with local government to establish greening targets for each of the metropolitan regions
• liaising with water corporations to identify opportunities for the use of alternative water supply to support greening strategies
• supporting the development of municipal urban forest strategies using a coordinated approach with VicRoads, private road operators and other public landowners and managers
• preparing greening strategies for state-owned public land, including schools, parkland, road, rail and utility corridors, achieving an appropriate balance between asset protection and urban greening
• investigating a targeted grants program to support innovation and actions for greening neighbourhoods
• investigating demonstration projects including green roofs, green walls and landscapes
• preparing new guidelines and regulations that support greening new subdivisions and developments via landscaping, green walls, green roofs, and increase the percentage of permeable site areas in developments.
Reference Comments
Executive Summary Page 2 Key Issues Significant omission: Key Issues highlights “forecast increase in Urban densities” but is silent on the need for Open Space to support the Council’s Climate Change Strategy objectives. It is silent on the measurement of the decreased Tree Canopy across Glen Eira. It is silent on Glen Eira’s measurement of increasing Urban Heat Index (Urban Heat Island Effect – refer “Living Melbourne Strategy 2019”– Department of Environment Land Water and Planning) It is silent on the Council having to plan for trees and residents living within the City with rising temperatures. It is silent on actually “planting new trees” to support the requirement to plant trees to increase the Tree Canopy to 30% (committed by the Council in July 2019 by signing the State Government Living Melbourne Strategy).
Executive Summary Page 4

Key Principles, Aims and Recommendations Incorrect Prioritisation: The Principle “Sustainable” needs to be the highest priority. The supporting and development of the Tree Canopy across Glen Eira affects the health of all residents in close proximity to the trees filtering the air and releasing oxygen from the open space – whether or not residents visit the open space. The United Nations Human Right’s program has made it a human right for residents of cities to breath clean air. For Melbourne, The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub covers air quality, urban ecology, urban planning, urban design, public health and green infrastructure. For the City to provide (be seen to provide) trees to assist with the program to provide clean air, and for the City to maintain a defensible legal position , (for future insurance) the City’s commitments towards delivering on its commitment to “Living Melbourne Strategy” must be listed as the “headline” No. 1. Key Aim and Recommendation.
The need for Aims must be sorted in order of priority to life.
1. Sustainable (is a must-have)
2. Diverse is a must-have – re the commitment to the tree canopy and cooling the UHI)
3. Equitable – (a must-have as the cleanest air is within 400 metres of green space)
4. Accessible (a nice to have the support of access to resident)
5. Adaptable (a lesser love to have – but not life-impacting. A convenience measure)
6. Networked (a lesser love to have for resident convenience – but not life-impacting
Note: under Sustainable it notes the need to develop a sustainable management program for trees. This should already be covered within the City’s developing Urban Forest Strategy to meet the goals of the City’s commitment to Living Melbourne (containing the primary goal of the target of a 30% tree canopy for the City)
Page 3. Strategy Scope and Purpose Significant Scope and Purpose, for open space, is not listed. Scope and Purpose lists – Melbourne Planning Strategy Plan Melbourne 2017 – 2050, but re Refresh DOES NOT list or refer to, or draw upon or used the measurements from the 2019 Living Melbourne strategy of which the City is committed. The Living Melbourne strategy specifically defines the scope and need for measurable Urban Forest Canopy and measurable Urban Heat Index, and provides the associated tool to assist with those measurements. It specifically relates to each Metropolitan City’s Open Space and the publicly owned land and the City’s commitment to target a 30% tree canopy across the whole Glen Eira precinct. The proposed City’s refresh of its Open Space Strategy should align its aims, strategy, scope and purpose to the Living Melbourne measurements and content (of which Glen Eira has committed to). If this is a “refresh” then all strategies impacting “Open Space” should be used as a basis of the refresh.
Page 5. Ancillary Open Space “Streets are used by people…..” and “streetscapes.”
Are both discounted in their importance to “add” to the Public Space areas – in particular, the Tree Canopy percentage and the Urban Heat Index where those streets are adjacent to the proposed Open Space. Open Space Canopy Trees can be combined with verge Canopy Trees to form shaded walking corridors as an entrance to and improve the Tree Canopy of, the new Open Space design. The Open Space Strategy should be a higher priority strategy to the Transport or Planning Strategy concerning all the Open Space, its adjoining footpaths, verges and water catchment into subsoil supporting and recycling for the canopy trees..
Page 8. Relevant Victorian Government Policies and strategies Significant Omission: Living Melbourne: our metropolitan urban forest – signed up to by Glen Eira in July 2019. The impact of appending to this strategy significantly affects how the Council will assign, plan and plant within Open Space which will be covered by the Revised Open Space Policy
Page 14 - Relevant Council Policies and Strategies Omissions:
1. Advocacy Strategy is omitted. Principle NO. 3 “policy and strategy positions that are supported by EVIDENCE and DATA”. The Open Space Strategy does not use Data to support the statements that Urban Forest Canopy is decreasing and in 2019 was less than 12.5% or that the Urban Heat Index for Glen Eira is higher than adjoining councils. The measurement and data supporting this for Glen Eira are listed in the Living Melbourne Strategy.
2. Asset Management Strategy: including pathways and Open Space
3. Community Engagement Policy: Human Rights Charter of Compatibility: The right not to be arbitrarily deprived of life
4. Community Safety Plan: Safe Public Places
5. Dogs: On and off-leash
6. Drainage Connections
7. Graffiti Management Policy
8. Positive Aging Strategy
9. Protection of Drainage of Assets and Easements Policy
10. Risk Management policy
11. Road Widths Policy
12. Street and Laneway design and construction policy
13. Street lighting policy
14. Street Tree removal policy
15. Urban Forest Strategy (in draft)
Page 30 - Plan Melbourne 2017 - 2050 Key Changes driving the OSS Refresh on the Council Information Sheet includes “Changes to State and Federal Policy” – in which case ALL changes to State and Federal Policy need to be considered/included and the for Open Space Strategy to be inclusively renewed. The most significant omission is the “non-inclusion” of the State Policy and Strategy issued by the Department of Environment to which Glen Eira has signed up to – “Living Melbourne” – which calls for action to meet 30% Urban Forest Targets.
Page 57 4.2.5 Local and small local open space distribution The Policy is silent on any attempt to use Open Space to be included (a part of) transition zones between planning zones. I.e. between high-density development and low residential zones. This type of zonal transition planning by separating zones with open space creates interlinking parks, in design, between high residential complexes and the open space. It also assists in negating planning objections, overshadowing, traffic and parking objections) from residents between high residential complexes to be built to accommodate increasing population and low residential. There needs to be a map of proposed higher density development plans and then for Open Green Space to be planned for the adjacent allotments.
4.3.1b – Key Issues The TOP (First) Key issue, in order of priority, should relate to providing local open Space with Tree Canopy which filters the air of pollutants and converts carbon dioxide into clean oxygen for current and future residents.
This section also refers to the need for children to access a source of Vitamin D – but that science is from study in 2009 (Vertical Living Kids) which is now obsolete. The Cancer Council of Australia published in 2019 that in Melbourne it is safe for children skin to be exposed to direct sunlight when the UV Index is under a maximum of 4 and recommends that in Melbourne proper protection from the sun be applied when the UV exceeds this level (which is about 8 months of the year) and when outside to have shade and filtered sunlight to protect from passive skin damage.

Open space should also include the rooftops of the multi level building where community gardens become a feature assisting with the cooling of the building and adding to the amenity of the community.
4.2 Lists square metre space per person in 2016. The strategy does not list the success rate where the updated strategy is implemented of the square metres space per person. There is no measurement of what success of the strategy would look like or what the measurement of success is to be. What is the goal? The strategy DOES NOT address that the immediate need is to have green space closest to high-density living – so the density of population numbers (square metre space per person) is addressed FIRST. For example, The diagram map on page 53, clearly shows that the higher density apartments in bent street Bentleigh – next to the railway line - are not within 400 meters of green space. The measurement should be 400 metres and not 500 meters.
4.2.1 “The distance generally agreed to be approx. 400 to 500 metres”. This type of analysis is now “science-based” and is no longer an assumption. Studies have found that the cleanest air for residents to breath is within 400 metres of green space and urban forest contributors. Any “presumptive measure” of 500 metes should be deleted.
4.2.1 page 55 The map should be re-calibrated to show the gap analysis above 400 metres. To be consistent. The plan in the Draft Strategy is disproportional – and DOES not map the 400 metres from Open Space, but measures for Regional Open Space, Municipal Open Space, Neighbourhood Open Space – ALL at 500 metres.
4.2.4 Again – there does not appear to be an analysis of gaps by area of population density or the future three major activity spaces.
Page 59 Urban Heat Island Effect – Department of Environment Land Water and Planning now issue to Councils measurements of its Urban Heat Island Effect. There are no Urban Heat Index measurements listed in the strategy – showing that Glen Eira is “hotter” (Department of Environment,s measurements from July 2019) – and by how many degrees than its adjacent councils. There are no measurements detailing what a successful strategy measurement would look like for the Uban Heat Index.
Page 64 Sustainability – There is no mention of the Living Melbourne Strategy, and the targets set within that for Urban Forest for Glen Eira. Glen Eira signed up to the Living Melbourne Strategy in July 2019, and there was a Draft Urban Forest Strategy delivered to Glen Eira in September 2019. The Open Space Strategy should cross-reference the Urban Forest Strategy (Draft).
Page 78 Two lot subdivisions are noted as generally exempt from Open Space Contributions. Yet two lot subdivisions represented over 85% of the land developed which has been forgone for future generations as contributing to Urban Forest or Open Space. Two lot subdivisions are the main contributor to the loss of Urban Forest, by volume of the area of plantable land. On this basis, where two lot subdivisions are to be approved, they must be included in the Open Space Contributions.
Page 86 Recommendation to create a strategy to create short and long management of Trees. The Urban Forest Strategy – urgently addresses this issue – and direct reference to the proposed document would link recent and current work being undertaken to meet the Living Melbourne Strategy which targets a 30% Urban Forest for SE Suburbs (including Glen Eira).
Page 88 All open space designs are to incorporate the principles of passive cooling into them where feasible….. including increasing porous surfaces planting long-lived broad spreading canopy trees. The priority of this should be changed to Urgent from On-Going.
Page 89 Carbon sequestration – Add mature trees in Open Space to the Significant Tree Register, to come under those protections.
Page 90 “Planting of indigenous Species is to be taken” – to be reworded so there is a choice of species depending on how close Trees planted are too hard infrastructure, and the trees ability to add o the Urban Forest Strategy. Many indigenous planted trees DO NOT integrate well with hard surface assets, nor do they provide the shade levels needed to add to the Living Melbourne strategy requiring a target of 30% Urban Forest across Glen Eira. Suggest that Open Space Strategy just refers to the Urban Forest Strategy (Draft) to avoid a conflict.
Page 92 Assessment Criteria – This is silent on assisting “Planning” to zone separate between (say) high density and low residential. Inclusion of green space transitioning between zones allows for green space to be accessible to those living in high density, decreases parking restriction concerns between zones and also decreases overshadowing between zones. This is a significant benefit to place Open Space very near to high density for additional community amenity.
Page 109 Note: “Within 400 metres of the precinct” –yet the MAPS on page 111 show areas covering, and distances up to 500 metres. This is misleading – as there is a conflict between the words and to dynamical representation. The diagrams need to be changed to meet the requirement of 400 metres.
Page 118 Again: there does not appear to be the mapping (supported by measurements or data) of the priority for Open Space to be between planning zones (as part of the transition zone) to assist Planning Department and to accommodate further residential developments with zoning applications, and to add a further amenity to the high-density zones and to increase the number of residents with close proximity to Open Space. This is a common omission.

KerryGore about 2 years ago

Please can you help me with my concerns about the lack of open space in Gen Eira. I am very concerned for our future and have the following points to explain:
• Glen Eira has the lowest amount of Open Space per person in the municipality of Melbourne.
• This situation has been acknowledged for many years, decades.
• The Open Space per person is diminishing due to population increase and will diminish further given the new builds that are planned.
• And (importantly) due to the inadequate provision and planning for the acquisition of new open space by our Council, currently and over the last decade.
• Council openly tells residents that it has a healthy open space fund ($22+ million) from past Open Space levy.
• Council recommended, many years ago, (1988) that the spend to be 50/50 on new acquisition vs upkeep. Glen Eira, did not heed this advice and spends much less (26%, past 3 years) than 50% on acquisition of new Open Space. This is not good enough for the health and well-being of both current and future residents.
• The lack of public Open Space is compounded by the loss of private open space due to the profusion of multi-unit development, leading to green space loss and mature tree canopy loss and the increased footprint of new builds compared to the more traditional 1 dwelling on a standard plot.
• We need Council to address this problem urgently by acquiring more open space in areas that have deficits in open space. This is urgent.

sharonr about 2 years ago

The World Health Organisation advises that parks and gardens are important as sites for physical activity, social interaction, relaxation, recreation, health and mental wellness and also as safe routes for walking and cycling. Open space is also critical for cooling cities, contributing to clean air, being a refuge from noise and for urban ecosystems. Overall open space is an essential ingredient to a liveable, well designed, healthy and sustainable environment, all of which have been identified as core elements in the Glen Eira Council and Community Plan.

Glen Eira however is an outlier municipality in Victoria with the lowest provision of open space and one of the highest population densities. Together with this, Glen Eira is experiencing excessive development contributing to a “perfect storm”. It is therefore reasonable to expect that the Open Space Strategy Refresh pro-actively addresses the unique circumstances that exist. Planning for future open space must therefore be responsive to the current circumstances, innovative, have high levels of resourcing and clearly defined commitments including minimum acceptable standards.

Further contributing to the lack of open space in Glen Eira, the planning controls are exceptionally poor having further contributed to the deterioration of our municipality. No tree protection policy, no height controls in most commercial (shopping strip) areas, no current endorsed structure plans, exceptionally high levels of future new dwelling opportunities, etc. In effect, there is no integrated or holistic approach to open space provision and population planning that considers the long term implications on our municipality. This situation also needs to be addressed as a matter of highest priority as it.

Many other organisations have confronted the challenges of higher density living in a planned and well-resourced manner. Stonnington as an example, which has the second lowest level of open space in Victoria, has recently spent $60M on under-grounding car parking to increase open space. Other cities are creating innovative urban spaces and vertical spaces with these urban spaces central to an Active Cities approach that encourages social inclusion and place making. As another example, Singapore, which is considered to be the third densest city in the world, is able to provide 66 square metres of urban green space per person through relevant development controls (such as set back to allow for bike pathways) and appropriate resourcing commitments.

Future open space provision is an exceptionally high priority to Glen Eira residents that warrants high quality analysis and planning. How can residents have any confidence in the Open Space Strategy Refresh as an important planning and advocacy document when, as examples:

1. The document does not incorporate a committed minimum future level of open space provision such as open space per person.
2. There is no benchmarking or objectives relating to population density and the appropriate level of open space required in Glen Eira in the future.
3. Given the fundamental importance of open space as an amenity to liveability, there is no mention of any capacity constraints for Glen Eira in accommodating future populations.
4. The document applies very outdated 2013 estimated population projections to calculate open space per person per square metre (in Table 4-4).
5. The document does not incorporate any goal for the level of urban tree canopy cover.
6. There is no case study review or learnings from the actions in other high density areas.
7. There is no critical analysis of major opportunities such as the Stonnington example.
8. There are no strong recommendations relating to improvement in relevant planning controls.
9. There are no clear recommendations in relation to the importance and use of Council owned land that is not currently Open Space.
10. There is no demonstration of significant investment into the provision of future open space (where options are identified, they appear to be tied to major developments such as the Bentleigh and Carnegie Council owned car park areas).

In summary, the Open Space Strategy Refresh lacks advocacy, aspiration, commitments and quality while also failing to provide an adequate plan for the major tension that exists in Glen Eira between excessive development and open space provision.

Gleneira99 about 2 years ago

Please provide more habitat for local wildlife. Many of our large trees are disappearing as more apartment buildings are built and this is causing a loss of habitat for local wildlife. Please also provide water quality testing, and a water quality strategy for all ponds, lakes and waterways. Dog poo in parks continues to be an issue.
Please include bike paths in the open space strategy!
Also, I'd like to see a stronger strategy to deal with litter and dumped rubbish. I'm part of Love Our Street (a community litter clean up group). The amount of litter and dumped rubbish on our streets and parks is overwhelming! A possible strategy could include banning smoking in parks (to reduce cigarette butt litter).
I would also like to see school children deployed to pick up litter on a regular basis, not because they are to blame for the problem, but because they need to learn not to drop it.

Jasmine about 2 years ago

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jmachol about 2 years ago

Please keep Caulfield Racetrack reserve as green open space and plant native vegetation there. More parks needed in Glen Eira.

MarinaMc about 2 years ago

I am concerned about what the plan does not say. In 2018 the council plans indicated that the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall (Ricourt Ave, in Boyd Park) was being replaced with a path, which the (very active and passionate) 9th Caulfield community had to fight against. The provided map shows this area as "green", and the document Section 6.12, specifically items 6.12A-1 and 6.12C-1 reference the area but don't detail what is to happen in the area. Can anyone clarify that the Scout Hall is to remain untouched under the current proposal? - John Syer (9th Caulfield-Murrumbeena ex-Cub Leader, current Scout Fellowship Member)

jas about 2 years ago

I live not far from Caulfield Racetrack Reserve and I'm a frequent and passionate visitor during the whole year. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing and unique recreational space in my neighbourhood. I'm sure it adds to the value of the area and contributes to the appeal of moving into Glen Eira Council vicinity.
I have two dogs and go to CCR multiple times every week for relaxing, long walks. I really appreciate being able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the race course.
I hope that the council, with its plans for future development, will keep the area available to all residents; and as open and peaceful as it is now. Please also keep in mind the local dog owners/walkers, who are really enjoying the space all throughout the year.

MagdaE about 2 years ago

Dear Sir/Madam, I would appreciate consideration being given to the inclusion of more deciduous trees in our parks and suburb for the autumn colour I mean trees such as poplars and gingkos and liquidambers and sugar maples etc Take one look at the colours of New England in the USA and you will see what I mean Many of us have already planted native flora in our gardens to support our native fauna Regards, Dr Ian Maclean a resident for 40 years

imaclean about 2 years ago

Dog owners are very well catered for in council open spaces. they can take their dogs anywhere on a leash, there's even a lot of "off-leash parks". However people who dislike dogs have literally no public space to go! Wouldn't it be fair & democratic to have just one small park that's totally DOG FREE ??? The relatively small Greenmeadows Gardens would be perfect for this!

SammyJunior over 2 years ago

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Kristo over 2 years ago

The City of Glen Eira is one of many councils that is failing to meet it's obligations to provide adequate landscaping and mature tree cover. Unfortunately, the planning/building system is not working to ensure that all developers and building owners provide sufficient new planting (even less than the minimums promised on planning permits), and the result is a serious increase of urban heat island and reduced air quality. Council can do far more to ameliorate the unhealthy and unpleasant streetscape environment -- areas like both sides and the median of Nepean Highway is a terrific place to start adding densely planted shady trees, and many Glen Eira parks are in need of a lot more foliage for birds and shade. Then follow with curbside swales and naturestrip planting (where is the 'nature'?). Furthermore, stricter enforcement of development landscaping should be a core of the strategy, that appears to be lacking in the current draft document.

Kristo over 2 years ago

More open spaces for passive use with indigenous plantings (trees, shrubs and grasses) where native fauna (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish etc) can flourish are really needed. There is also a desperate need for increased spaces where dogs can be walked off-leash.

susanc over 2 years ago

Living in the part of Carnegie north of Neerim Road and east of Grange Road, we are sorely in need of close-by open space. The rail trail doesn't meet these needs. We need open spaces that feature local indigenous plants, including shrubs, trees and grasses, with wild sections of bush which support native fauna. No more manicured lawns, sports fields and play structures, please!

DTS over 2 years ago

While I don't want more high rise in the area, It is probably going to happen anyway. However, can the the building be built further back to allow wider footpaths for more pedestrian traffic, cafe seating and trees to provide a green canopy. Also any chance of closing off Watson Grove in Glen Huntly? Drivers coming out seem to confused on how to use the intersection and block the roads.

Chris R over 2 years ago

It would be amazing if the current Allnutt walking / bike track could be extended all the way down to Landcox Park. It would get so much more use by families, for cyclists etc...

Laura Boukouvalas over 2 years ago

I apologise that was my daughter and didn’t know what the open strategy was

renae over 2 years ago

I dislike the new McKinnon reserve equipment ver much, that equipment was my childhood and was perfectly fine for all the older kids but now it’s just for younger kids. And now you’re getting rid of the plain grass in the other side where people usually sit. If you can’t already tell I am very disappointed

renae over 2 years ago