City of Casey Community Facility Planning Principles

The Community Facility Planning Principles guide the City of Casey's planning activities regarding the timely provision of integrated and accessible community facilities that meet the needs of all residents.

The following principles provide key direction to facility planning and, ultimately, to the development of community facilities.

  • The decision to develop new facilities or redevelop existing facilities is based upon ongoing Council research that identifies population-based provision ratios or targeted models of service provision to meet community need.
  • Council is committed to the provision of community facilities that meet resident needs for community services and community engagement.
  • Community facilities will be equitably delivered across the municipality to meet the needs of all residents.
  • Council will plan for community facilities that are:
    • accessible
    • multi-use
    • located with other community services/ facilities to maximise integrated usage
    • centrally located to public transport (within 400m)
    • designed to facilitate integrated service provision
    • designed to facilitate changing use over time.
  • Community facilities will be developed according to the following hierarchy of facility provision:
  • Figure 1: Casey Hierarchy of Community Facility Provision

    Catchment Facility Type and Function
    Level 1 Local Family and Children's Centre – including kindergarten rooms, maternal and child health consulting rooms and multi-purpose community space
    Level 2 Local Integrated community facility – including Neighbourhood House and Community Learning Centre space and multi-purpose community space; may include arts and social support spaces
    Level 3 Sub-regional Integrated community facility – including larger Neighbourhood House and Community Learning Centre space with training capacity, large hall and other multi-purpose community space; may include Library, Customer Service Centre, Youth Centre
    Level 4 Sub-regional Casey Safety Village
    Level 5 Regional Cultural and Civic Precinct (currently under development)
  • Where practical, Council will locate its community services within integrated facilities, focusing on intergenerational service provision, and will minimise the development of stand-alone facilities. Integrated facilities will include service-specific and shared elements to enable efficient use of resources and the provision of a range of services from one location.
  • Level 1 Family and Children's Centres will be located adjacent to government Primary Schools in growth areas and, where practical, in established areas.
  • Level 2 and 3 integrated community facilities will be located within or adjacent to Neighbourhood or Major Activity Centres in growth areas and, where practical, in established areas.
  • Council will advocate for the timely delivery of community facilities in growth areas to meet the needs of residents as populations increase and communities develop.
  • In designated bushfire-prone areas, consideration will be given to the development of dual purpose community facilities to enable the provision of community fire refuges or Neighbourhood Safer Places. These facilities will adhere to the Building Amendment (Bushfire Construction) Regulations 2011.
  • Community facilities will be non-denominational; however, consideration will be given to the provision of 'prayer and reflection' spaces to support broad cultural and religious engagement by community and staff at venues.
  • The provision of community facilities will include both the physical and social infrastructure of 'place making', community development and building a strong community identity.
  • Community facilities will include spaces for people to meet, learn, play, socialise, and express their culture.
  • Governance models are to be determined when planning for facilities, including clearly defined roles and responsibilities for future management.
  • Council will facilitate the provision of resources for the operation, maintenance and management of its community facilities.
  • The design of Council facilities will be reflective of industry best practice.
  • The likely impact of new technologies on service delivery and subsequent facility demand will be considered in planning processes to ensure facilities can adapt to changing user needs.
  • The naming of community facilities will indicate the intended use of the facility; support broad accessibility; and reflect meaning and engagement by the local community.

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