Public Open Space Policy

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.

Download the Public Open Space Policy 2013(146 kb)