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Clarence City Public Open Space Policy



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This information has been sourced from an email circular distributed on the 14th November 2013 by Clarence City Council Planning Staff.


At its meeting on 11 November 2013 Council adopted the new Public Open Space Policy (2013) replacing Council’s previous 2006 Public Open Space Policy.  You have received this notification because of your previous dealings with Clarence and the likelihood that the Policy will be a relevant consideration in the assessment and determination of future subdivision applications that you may be associated with.


The primary purpose of the Public Open Space Policy (2013) is to ensure the delivery of adequate and appropriate Public Open Space (POS) to serve the needs of the existing and future population in Clarence.  The Policy will assist Council to deliver a consistent approach to the consideration of POS. 


The Policy is based on the constraints of the enabling legislation, established planning principles and provides a structured and robust framework to assist with the implementation of other adopted Council strategies as they relate to the delivery POS and associated networks. 


Other POS related Council strategies include but are not limited to:



The adoption of the Policy will assist agencies, community groups, clubs, developers and residents to understand Council's position and provides guidance on:


  • The assessment of POS in terms of supply, demand, location and suitability;
  • How to determine when to take a cash contribution in lieu of POS as part of the subdivision process;
  • The acquisition of POS;
  • The nature and standard of improvements to POS required to be completed prior to transfer of the land to Council;
  • The management of accumulated POS cash contributions;
  • When, where and how to spend POS contributions; and
  • Flexibility where unique circumstances warrant it.


A copy of the new POS Policy and the associated 11 November 2013 Council report can be inspected at Council’s Offices, Bligh Street Rosny Park during office hours or downloaded from Councils website: