The purpose of these guidelines is to provide Council employees, developers and consultants with a clear planning framework to ensure high quality, diverse and sustainable open spaces are continually provided across the municipality. These Guidelines are based on an integrated approach to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public open space. It allows for creativity and innovation, whilst ensuring that minimum standards of provision are achieved. They apply variably to all residential, commercial and industrial precincts throughout the municipality.
Devonport City Council operates and maintains a significant network of parks and gardens and related facility assets which make up Public Open Space. This includes streetscapes which are the link to all public open space opportunities available for community participation.
This operation of Council can be a significant challenge and risk where community access to all public properties gives rise to an expectation of a safe environment whilst Council is expected to provide maintenance standards to community desires and civil risk standards with minimal interruption to services.
Effective forward planning, guidelines, specifications, and maintenance regimes are required to ensure that the challenges are met and given the ability to physically observe asset conditions. The need to undertake works in a systematic manner is the recognised manner of limiting public risk to parks and reserves and schedule replacement/repair works to demonstrate our duty of care.
Council's Engineering Services Department is responsible for the strategic asset management of the public open space network, provision of technical advice to other sections of Council, development of capital programs and in conjunction with Infrastructure Services Department, the identification of agreed service levels and standards for the infrastructure.
Council's Infrastructure Services Department provides the technical and physical resources to implement the requirements of the Service Level Document, undertakes inspection regimes, collects and collates asset condition information and, in partnership with Engineering Services Department, develops works practices, protocols and preventative maintenance regimes that will achieve the aims of the Service Level Document and Public Open Space Guidelines.
The size and type of network being managed requires that a wide range of activities be undertaken to maintain it in an operational state. The Service Level Document has been developed through a review of existing Standards, practices and procedures and draws together other relevant documentation used to detail expected performance levels.