Growth Areas
Social Planning Tool

Offering local governments and their partners a method and resources to coordinate social planning

Welcome to the Growth Areas Social Planning Tool

This Tool outlines a social planning process to help local governments and their partners build strong, connected, healthy and resilient communities in new developments, particularly in the urban fringe.

Navigation Dashboard

Jump to main pages and content using the dashboard, or directly to steps within the process using the process steps links.

The Tool

The Social Planning Tool main page.

About The Tool

Information about the tool, the project partners and it’s history.

Success Stories

Success stories and other related articles of interest.

Best Practice Guides

Case studies and best practice guides to assist in the planning process.

Useful Documents

Useful documentation and links to publications and frameworks.

Contact Form

Get in touch or submit a success story for publication. 

Process Steps

Establish Governance

The first step in the process, and the key to your success

Gather Evidence

Ensuring you develop a strong evidence base

Community Activation

Exploring what communities need


Ensuring continuous improvement through evaluation

Social planning turns developments into communities.

It helps to identify the activities, programs, events and services that create:
  • individual and family health and well-being
  • local connections, respect and community identity
  • the governance needed to create the new community groups, initiatives, businesses and enterprises that bring communities to life.

You can read more in our ‘The Case for Change‘ publication.

The Growth Areas Social Planning Tool was developed by the City of Whittlesea in partnership with a large number of councils and community organisations in Melbourne, Australia.

In the media

Gayle Tierney MP discusses the opening of the Shared Space Community Centre at Olivine Place.

Learn More

Watch the introduction video