Owners Corporation Maintenance of Public Open Space

Owners Corporation Maintenance of Public Open Space Document No:   CPL285.10
Approval Date:   13 August 2013
Approved By:  Council 
Review Date:  13 August 2016
Responsible Officer:  General Manager, Projects, Recreation and Central Geelong  Version No:   00
Authorising Officer:   Chief Executive Officer 

1. Purpose

This policy provides guidance for Council’s decision making in regard to requests from property developers seeking to provide higher asset and maintenance standards in Council reserves within new residential estates, to those generally provided throughout the municipality by Council.

2. Scope

This policy applies to the provision and maintenance of assets and landscaping of Council reserves within new residential developments.

3. References

  • Open Space Council Policy CPL215.5

  • Sustainable Communities Infrastructure Development Guidelines  

4. Definitions

Public open space: refers to all land controlled by council and available for public access.

Owners Corporation (formerly body corporate): manages the common property of a residential, commercial, retail, industrial or mixed-use property development.

5. Council Policy

Standards for the provision of Council assets within new developments in the City of Greater Geelong are established in the “Sustainable Communities Infrastructure Development Guidelines”. This document provides clear guidance for planning and developing sustainable public open space and streetscapes to a standard that can be maintained by Council.

Council does not support Owners Corporations developing Council reserves to a standard above those established in the Sustainable Communities Infrastructure Development Guidelines, or undertaking ongoing maintenance of Council reserves for the following reasons:

  • Concerns of social inequity and perceived private ownership of public asset

  • Owners Corporation maintenance arrangements create unbudgeted and unfunded demands on Council resources in the negotiation and administration of agreements.

  • Provision of an unsustainable level of service leading to future increased asset renewal costs to Council, or resident dissatisfaction when reverting to standard infrastructure.

  • Allowing Owners Corporations to undertake ongoing maintenance increases Council exposure to risk as Council has no direct control or oversight over the maintenance being carried out.

6. Quality Records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Name of Record Retained by/location Retention Period Location

7. Attachments

  • Nil

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