Community Infrastructure Planning Policy

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Community infrastructure is at the heart of neighbourhoods and places. This infrastructure offers vital spaces for services to be delivered and people to meet and participate in community life.

City of Ballarat aims to improve how we plan, manage and deliver community infrastructure across the municipality. To guide this work a draft Community Infrastructure Planning policy has been developed. The purpose of the draft policy is to;

  • Provide the general community, stakeholder organisations and Council employees with an understanding of Council’s objectives and approach to providing for community services infrastructure in Ballarat;
  • Optimise community infrastructure for maximum community benefit through the application of consistent and transparent guiding principles;
  • Direct sound decision making about planning, funding, delivering and negotiating for community infrastructure;
  • Assist with a coordinated approach within Council to undertake this work.


What is community infrastructure?

Assets (which may or may not include a building), that accommodate community services, including: health, individual, family and community support, education, arts and culture, information, community development, employment and training, open space and active and passive recreation opportunities. Examples include; community centres, public halls, sports pavilions, aquatic facilities, libraries, early years facilities, senior citizens centres, arts and cultural centres and playgrounds.


How can you get involved?

Complete the survey by 12:00pm on 26 August 2020 to:

  • Provide feedback on the draft guiding principles that will provide overall direction to decision making for community infrastructure planning;
  • Provide feedback on the draft policy document.

If you would like to speak to a Council Officer about this policy please contact the Health and Social Planning team on 5320 5500


How will we use this information?

Community feedback and insights will:

  • Inform the final Community Infrastructure Planning Policy;
  • Provide information to inform the community infrastructure planning process that will be developed.


Next steps

Information and feedback from the consultation activities will inform final Community Infrastructure Planning Policy. Policy will be presented to Council for adoption.

An evidence-based process will be developed that enables Council to clearly identify current and future community infrastructure needs for the municipality that considers:

  • Analysis of utilisation
  • Future community needs and demand
  • Asset quality and functionality
  • Recommendations for future distribution
  • Gap analysis

Community infrastructure is at the heart of neighbourhoods and places. This infrastructure offers vital spaces for services to be delivered and people to meet and participate in community life.

City of Ballarat aims to improve how we plan, manage and deliver community infrastructure across the municipality. To guide this work a draft Community Infrastructure Planning policy has been developed. The purpose of the draft policy is to;

  • Provide the general community, stakeholder organisations and Council employees with an understanding of Council’s objectives and approach to providing for community services infrastructure in Ballarat;
  • Optimise community infrastructure for maximum community benefit through the application of consistent and transparent guiding principles;
  • Direct sound decision making about planning, funding, delivering and negotiating for community infrastructure;
  • Assist with a coordinated approach within Council to undertake this work.


What is community infrastructure?

Assets (which may or may not include a building), that accommodate community services, including: health, individual, family and community support, education, arts and culture, information, community development, employment and training, open space and active and passive recreation opportunities. Examples include; community centres, public halls, sports pavilions, aquatic facilities, libraries, early years facilities, senior citizens centres, arts and cultural centres and playgrounds.


How can you get involved?

Complete the survey by 12:00pm on 26 August 2020 to:

  • Provide feedback on the draft guiding principles that will provide overall direction to decision making for community infrastructure planning;
  • Provide feedback on the draft policy document.

If you would like to speak to a Council Officer about this policy please contact the Health and Social Planning team on 5320 5500


How will we use this information?

Community feedback and insights will:

  • Inform the final Community Infrastructure Planning Policy;
  • Provide information to inform the community infrastructure planning process that will be developed.


Next steps

Information and feedback from the consultation activities will inform final Community Infrastructure Planning Policy. Policy will be presented to Council for adoption.

An evidence-based process will be developed that enables Council to clearly identify current and future community infrastructure needs for the municipality that considers:

  • Analysis of utilisation
  • Future community needs and demand
  • Asset quality and functionality
  • Recommendations for future distribution
  • Gap analysis
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    6 guiding principles are identified in the Community Infrastructure Planning Policy. These principles will provide the overall direction to decision-making for community infrastructure planning. 

    We would like community input to identify

    • if they agree with the guiding principles
    • suggestions for improvement  

    The following 17 question survey should take 10 minutes to complete and will inform the development of the Community Infrastructure Planning Policy. 

    Consultation has concluded
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