Mona Vale Place Plan

The Mona Vale Draft Place Plan will help guide improvements and make our town centre even more loved into the future.

The Mona Vale Draft Place Plan will help guide improvements and make our town centre even more loved into the future.

  • Process to date : January 2014 - Nov 2016

    5 months ago

    The spotlight has been on Mona Vale.

    It was a time for cultivating ideas, undertaking research, testing assumptions and talking with the community about what they imagine Mona Vale town centre might look like in the future.

    This phase has been called IMAGINE MONA VALE which included a period of over 18 months where Council, industry experts and residents have come together to generate strategies so that Mona Vale town centre will be more successful in the future. Imagine Mona Vale - Engagement Summary follows on from the Mona Vale Snapshot and feedback has been grouped into themes presented through the recent Urban Talks Series and community engagement activities. These themes have provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning.

    Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan describes the ideal place-focused scenario along wtih guidelines to illustrate the potential physical changes in store for Mona Vale.

    Northern Beaches Council at its meeting on Tuesday 27 September 2016 agreed to seek public comments on the Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan, which shows potential revitalisation scenarios based on the ideas and aspirations from the community. The place-based, tactical oriented strategy will set the scene for the development of future planning controls.

    A Community Meeting was held on Saturday 29 October 2016, chaired by Administrator Dick Persson AM, with Mark Ferguson and facilitated by Brendan Blakely of Elton Consulting. Following the community meeting the Administrator, Dick Persson AM recommended the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan be withdrawn from public exhibition and that plans be developed to facilitate further community engagement on the project.

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    All submissions received while the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan was on public exhibition will be reviewed and addressed as part of the review of the plan and future stages of community engagement. View the summary in Draft Mona Vale Place Plan Public Exhibition and Consultation Outcomes report - June 2017.

    We value your input on this issue and will inform you on the next stages of this very important project as the information becomes available.

    For further information contact Evy Anwar on 9970 1263.

    View the related resources (due to number of images in the documents file sizes are quite large)

    The spotlight has been on Mona Vale.

    It was a time for cultivating ideas, undertaking research, testing assumptions and talking with the community about what they imagine Mona Vale town centre might look like in the future.

    This phase has been called IMAGINE MONA VALE which included a period of over 18 months where Council, industry experts and residents have come together to generate strategies so that Mona Vale town centre will be more successful in the future. Imagine Mona Vale - Engagement Summary follows on from the Mona Vale Snapshot and feedback has been grouped into themes presented through the recent Urban Talks Series and community engagement activities. These themes have provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning.

    Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan describes the ideal place-focused scenario along wtih guidelines to illustrate the potential physical changes in store for Mona Vale.

    Northern Beaches Council at its meeting on Tuesday 27 September 2016 agreed to seek public comments on the Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan, which shows potential revitalisation scenarios based on the ideas and aspirations from the community. The place-based, tactical oriented strategy will set the scene for the development of future planning controls.

    A Community Meeting was held on Saturday 29 October 2016, chaired by Administrator Dick Persson AM, with Mark Ferguson and facilitated by Brendan Blakely of Elton Consulting. Following the community meeting the Administrator, Dick Persson AM recommended the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan be withdrawn from public exhibition and that plans be developed to facilitate further community engagement on the project.

    View the

    All submissions received while the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan was on public exhibition will be reviewed and addressed as part of the review of the plan and future stages of community engagement. View the summary in Draft Mona Vale Place Plan Public Exhibition and Consultation Outcomes report - June 2017.

    We value your input on this issue and will inform you on the next stages of this very important project as the information becomes available.

    For further information contact Evy Anwar on 9970 1263.

    View the related resources (due to number of images in the documents file sizes are quite large)

  • Update: 31 October 2016

    11 months ago

    A Community Meeting was held on Saturday 29 October chaired by Administrator Dick Persson AM, with Mark Ferguson, and facilitated by Brendan Blakely of Elton Consulting.

    Following the community meeting, the exhibition date for the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan has now been extended to Friday 16 December, 2016.

    A Community Meeting was held on Saturday 29 October chaired by Administrator Dick Persson AM, with Mark Ferguson, and facilitated by Brendan Blakely of Elton Consulting.

    Following the community meeting, the exhibition date for the Draft Mona Vale Place Plan has now been extended to Friday 16 December, 2016.

  • Update: 28 September 2016

    11 months ago

    Council at its meeting on Tuesday 27 September 2016 agreed to seek public comments on the Imagine Mona Vale Draft Place Plan, which shows potential revitalisation scenarios based on the ideas and aspirations from the community. The place-based, tactical oriented strategy will set the scene for the development of future planning controls.

    Council at its meeting on Tuesday 27 September 2016 agreed to seek public comments on the Imagine Mona Vale Draft Place Plan, which shows potential revitalisation scenarios based on the ideas and aspirations from the community. The place-based, tactical oriented strategy will set the scene for the development of future planning controls.

  • Have Your Say

    11 months ago

    Come to an information stall at Village Park Mona Vale:

    Sunday 6 November 2016, 10am - 4pm (Mona Vale Market Day)

    Should you wish to comment, please email, post or fax your submission to Council. Submissions should be in writing and received by 5pm, Friday 16 December, 2016.

    Submissions should be marked "Draft Mona Vale Place Plan"

    Come to an information stall at Village Park Mona Vale:

    Sunday 6 November 2016, 10am - 4pm (Mona Vale Market Day)

    Should you wish to comment, please email, post or fax your submission to Council. Submissions should be in writing and received by 5pm, Friday 16 December, 2016.

    Submissions should be marked "Draft Mona Vale Place Plan"

  • 12 May 2016 - Imagine Mona Vale

    5 months ago

    Council is proud to present the Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan (16MB) and Imagine Mona Vale, Engagement Summary

    This engagement summary documents the ideas, inspiration and activations that have been generated for Mona Vale town centre over an 18 month period in consultation with the community and stakeholders. It summarises key elements of the Mona Vale place planning process undertaken between January 2014 and June 2015.

    Imagine Mona Vale - Engagement Summary follows on from Mona Vale Snapshot. Mona Vale Snapshot is a scoping document, which provides baseline information about how Mona Vale town centre is operating and offers an explanation of the place planning process that is being applied to Mona Vale.

    Feedback has been grouped into themes presented through the recent Urban Talks Series and community engagement activities. These themes have provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning. Sometimes overlapping, these themes are the fundamental components of what makes a successful, prosperous place.

    Some of the key activations undertaken over this 18 month period were:

    • Village Economies Summit and Mona Vale Long Lunch
    • Q&A panels
    • Workshops and open house
    • Staff workshops
    • Place making events
    • Place audits
    • Web and social media

    For more details download the Engagement Summary (10MB)

    Council is proud to present the Imagine Mona Vale - Draft Mona Vale Place Plan (16MB) and Imagine Mona Vale, Engagement Summary

    This engagement summary documents the ideas, inspiration and activations that have been generated for Mona Vale town centre over an 18 month period in consultation with the community and stakeholders. It summarises key elements of the Mona Vale place planning process undertaken between January 2014 and June 2015.

    Imagine Mona Vale - Engagement Summary follows on from Mona Vale Snapshot. Mona Vale Snapshot is a scoping document, which provides baseline information about how Mona Vale town centre is operating and offers an explanation of the place planning process that is being applied to Mona Vale.

    Feedback has been grouped into themes presented through the recent Urban Talks Series and community engagement activities. These themes have provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning. Sometimes overlapping, these themes are the fundamental components of what makes a successful, prosperous place.

    Some of the key activations undertaken over this 18 month period were:

    • Village Economies Summit and Mona Vale Long Lunch
    • Q&A panels
    • Workshops and open house
    • Staff workshops
    • Place making events
    • Place audits
    • Web and social media

    For more details download the Engagement Summary (10MB)

  • 17 Nov 2015 - Traffic Flow and Parking

    5 months ago
    Council is inviting residents and local business to have their say on traffic and parking around Mona Vale.

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the wider community can have their say by completing a quick online survey about how they travel and park in and around Mona Vale Town Centre.

    “The study will help Council better understand how local residents travel to Mona Vale Town Centre, where they park (if they drive) and their public transport usage,” said Mr Ferguson.

    Mr Ferguson said the survey forms just one aspect of the Mona Vale place planning process that will help develop a... Continue reading

    Council is inviting residents and local business to have their say on traffic and parking around Mona Vale.

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the wider community can have their say by completing a quick online survey about how they travel and park in and around Mona Vale Town Centre.

    “The study will help Council better understand how local residents travel to Mona Vale Town Centre, where they park (if they drive) and their public transport usage,” said Mr Ferguson.

    Mr Ferguson said the survey forms just one aspect of the Mona Vale place planning process that will help develop a vision and plan guiding future sustainable improvements for the town centre.

    “Earlier this year we ran a series of urban talks, workshops and interactive activities around the Mona Vale Place Plan. We were delighted with the level of interest, with close to 1,300 community comments received over the engagement period."

    The Imagine Mona Vale – Engagement Summary report provides an overview of the feedback from the various engagement activities undertaken to date. Key themes explored were from improving the pedestrian experience, wider footpaths for customers, to better access to public transport and connectivity to the beach. Feedback included a desire for an improved pedestrian-focus for the town centre, especially on key retail streets such as Bungan Street, Park Street and Pittwater Road.

    "Part of our vision for Mona Vale is to enhance access and linkages around the centre that encourage more active transport, namely walking and cycling.
    The Traffic and Parking survey forms part of the overall place planning process providing us with vital data and other baseline information to develop a strategy for the centre,” added Mr Ferguson.

  • 20 August 2015 - Imagine the Future of Mona Vale

    5 months ago

    Pittwater Council considered the community engagement outcomes from the Mona Vale place planning process at its meeting this week.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the report that came to Council contained a detailed account of how the community would like to see the future of Mona Vale.

    Mayor Townsend said the Imagine Mona Vale – Engagement Summary report highlights feedback from engagement activities undertaken over the last 18 months, in particular the urban talks series earlier this year.

    “We were delighted with the level of interest in our urban talks and workshops, with 1,300 community comments received over the engagement... Continue reading

    Pittwater Council considered the community engagement outcomes from the Mona Vale place planning process at its meeting this week.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the report that came to Council contained a detailed account of how the community would like to see the future of Mona Vale.

    Mayor Townsend said the Imagine Mona Vale – Engagement Summary report highlights feedback from engagement activities undertaken over the last 18 months, in particular the urban talks series earlier this year.

    “We were delighted with the level of interest in our urban talks and workshops, with 1,300 community comments received over the engagement period, including input from local businesses and support from the local chamber. We had expert panelists and interactive discussions around ‘people & destinations’, ‘retail & economics’, ‘access and linkages’ and ‘urban fabric and the public realm’,” said Mayor Townsend.

    “These sessions provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning in the context of the future of Mona Vale Town.We also saw a number of social ‘activation’ events in the centre which offered the chance for Council staff to interact with community members that perhaps would not usually attend Council’s engagement events.These included an outdoor cinema in Village Park, the Mona Vale Long Lunch, art installations, along with a series of pop-ups events offering food, music and temporary bars."

    “There is a great opportunity for Mona Vale to take advantage of predicted economic growth and position itself as the peninsula’s vibrant urban town centre - it will be an exciting time for Mona Vale!” added Mayor Townsend.

    Place Planning Manager Melinda Hewitt said the community’s feedback will inform the next phase of the place planning process which includes:
    • proceeding with a parking & traffic study
    • shaping draft planning controls that address the priorities expressed by the community
    • identifying innovative housing opportunities
    • finalising concepts for Village Park
    • developing a program of ‘quick wins’ for the town centre.
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  • 7 May 2015 - Back to Basics

    5 months ago
    There is growing momentum to get “back to the basics” of what makes cities thrive. Many of the most effective and immediate solutions are lighter, quicker, and cheaper than traditional top-down approaches to improving cities.

    The quality of a public space has always been best defined by the people who use it. The growing success of “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) projects all over the world is proof that expensive and labor-intensive initiatives are not the only, or even the most effective, ways to bring energy and life into a community’s public space.

    United under the core principles of community vision,... Continue reading

    There is growing momentum to get “back to the basics” of what makes cities thrive. Many of the most effective and immediate solutions are lighter, quicker, and cheaper than traditional top-down approaches to improving cities.

    The quality of a public space has always been best defined by the people who use it. The growing success of “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) projects all over the world is proof that expensive and labor-intensive initiatives are not the only, or even the most effective, ways to bring energy and life into a community’s public space.

    United under the core principles of community vision, cost-effectiveness, collaboration, and citizen-led change, this exciting movement goes by many names—action-planning, guerilla urbanism, pop-up projects, city repair, D.I.Y. Urbanism, and Tactical Urbanism. We see each of these efforts as important tools and catalysts for larger community-based Placemaking processes.

    “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” is a phrase we borrowed from Eric Reynolds in 2010 to describe the simple, short-term, and low-cost solutions that are having remarkable impacts on the shaping of neighborhoods and cities. PPS began to chronicle many of these solutions in the 2007 book: The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking. Since we began our work in 1975, we have used Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper interventions to address all kinds of public space challenges, and the impacts of these projects have been lasting and profound.

    The proliferation of LQC efforts all over the world signals the emergence of a powerful, networked, and creative movement, and it shows that more and more people are beginning to see how communities can be created and transformed by making a series of affordable, human-scale, and near-term changes. Although many of the challenges facing today’s cities go well beyond the scope of these individual interventions, taken together they demonstrate that incremental and place-led change is possible, even in the midst of ongoing social, economic, and political obstacles.
  • April 2015 - Access Linkages and Housing Open House

    5 months ago

    The third in our series of activities, as part of Pittwater Council’s community engagement program for Mona Vale Place Plan, again attracted over 200 participants over the three days. The focus for this month’s theme was ACCESS, LINKAGES & HOUSING and commenced on Thursday evening with the Urban Talks Panel forum.

    Some key messages from Thursday evening’s panel included:

    Steven Burgess
    Steven’s talk focussed on reducing car parking footprints in major centres and how parking ratios impact on reducing vehicle traffic. Steven’s experience as a traffic engineer provided great insight into how effective strategic traffic planning , even making small... Continue reading

    The third in our series of activities, as part of Pittwater Council’s community engagement program for Mona Vale Place Plan, again attracted over 200 participants over the three days. The focus for this month’s theme was ACCESS, LINKAGES & HOUSING and commenced on Thursday evening with the Urban Talks Panel forum.

    Some key messages from Thursday evening’s panel included:

    Steven Burgess
    Steven’s talk focussed on reducing car parking footprints in major centres and how parking ratios impact on reducing vehicle traffic. Steven’s experience as a traffic engineer provided great insight into how effective strategic traffic planning , even making small or slight changes, can influence the density of traffic and traffic flow for a positive effect on a towns’ walkability.

    Rod Simpson
    Rod’s panel talk focused on ‘parking’ and gave the audience plenty to think about. One of the take-away messages Rod provided and supported with strong statistical evidence was that many people given the right conditions, will forgo a vehicle if they can access key activities within a centre by walking. Rod provided the audience with some examples in Australia and overseas of parking infrastructure that provides community with not only parking but a multi-faceted, and aesthetically pleasing space such as his Miami Car park example.

    Matt Faber
    Matt outlined the planning behind the Bus Rapid Transport system to be introduced to Mona Vale, and explained how it would integrate with existing transport routes to and from the Northern Beaches and the city . There was lively discussion around other methods of transport, such as light rail, and timetabling of existing services. Matt certainly generated a number of questions from the audience keen to see improvements in Pittwater’s public transport.

    Andrew McAnulty
    Andrew’s contribution to the panel discussion was around the need to plan for a diverse range of housing options to ensure Pittwater is able to meet demand for housing supply to a diverse range of residents, in particular how to retain a younger demographic. In particular Andrew focussed on the ability for families to remain together in their communities to support an aging population and provide a workforce for business and service industries. Andrew’s experience in UK and Australia provided the audience with some great case studies in Urban renewal projects on which he has worked.

    Open House Summary:

    Our open house Friday and Saturday, and workshop led by Steve Burgess were lively forums and the feedback gathered and comments posted on the feedback panels and the Mona Vale floor map will be coded and categorised with other feedback received to date . At the conclusion of the community engagement all data will be collated and available on this website. The feedback received during the community engagement program will contribute to an informed civic discussion around the planning of Mona Vale as a place for all.

  • March 2015 - Retail and Economics Open House

    5 months ago

    The second in our series of activities as part of Pittwater Council’s community engagement programme for Mona Vale Place Plan attracted over 200 participants over the three days. The focus for this month’s theme was Retail and Economics and commenced on Thursday evening with the Urban Talks Panel forum.

    Some key messages from Thursday evening’s panel included:

    John O’Callaghan - JOC Consulting
    ‘People attract People’
    If there is more social “life” then this will attract other people into Mona Vale Centre.
    In order to attract more people we need to increase the density of Mona Vale Town centre

    Libby Harris... Continue reading

    The second in our series of activities as part of Pittwater Council’s community engagement programme for Mona Vale Place Plan attracted over 200 participants over the three days. The focus for this month’s theme was Retail and Economics and commenced on Thursday evening with the Urban Talks Panel forum.

    Some key messages from Thursday evening’s panel included:

    John O’Callaghan - JOC Consulting
    ‘People attract People’
    If there is more social “life” then this will attract other people into Mona Vale Centre.
    In order to attract more people we need to increase the density of Mona Vale Town centre

    Libby Harris - City of Sydney Night Time Strategy, Project Manager
    Transport, including 24-hour trains and buses, more taxis, and shuttle bus connections between night time precincts
    More diversity of activities for all ages, not just for those aged 18–25, including good-quality late-night food and shopping
    Use of creative lighting to beautify streets and attract more people

    Sarah Hill - PDA Consultants
    Positive trends for Mona Vale are:
    A return to high / main street and points of difference
    A growing and affluent area
    Next generation want to live in close proximity to high street or town centres Strong opportunity to build ancillary health services
    Notable proportion of residents that work from home
    More co-ordinated approach to management and funding improvements

    Paul William-Smith - Economic Development Coordinator Pittwater Council
    Areas to focus on include:
    Cafes and Dining
    Public Safety
    Active and well maintained Public space
    Return to main street programs
    Flexibility of retailers to adapt to changing retail markets.

    What the audience said:
    “slow down vehicles in the town centre “
    “use art installation to draw people to place”
    “make places ‘people focussed’ by implementing good urban design”
    “use quick win ideas – such as Hunter Street, Newcastle – very successful”

    Our open house Friday and Saturday, and workshops led by John O’Callaghan were lively forums and the feedback gathered and comments posted on the feedback panels are being coded and allocated to a category by theme. The themes emerged from the data itself, forming natural groupings.

    To see a snapshot of this month’s feedback please see the panels under each theme on this website. At the conclusion of the community engagement all data will be collated and available on this website. The feedback received during the community engagement program will contribute to an informed civic discussion around the planning of Mona Vale as a place for all.