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Our streets are much more than places for cars

A vision for public spaces

Council is committed to designing and delivering public spaces that enhance our community’s lives. Our streets and places of the future will allow people to connect, feel safe and achieve a sense of belonging.

We are harmonising the three former Council’s guidelines around public space and developing a framework - Northern Beaches Public Space Vision and Design Guidelines.

These will present a unified vision for our public spaces that also recognises the unique character and heritage of the diverse villages and places that make up the Northern Beaches.

We have identified three main types of streets across the Northern Beaches:

  • Beach High Street
  • Bush High Street
  • Urban Local Street

We have developed a material palette for these street types.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Northern Beaches Public Space Vision and Design Guidelines will help Council and relevant stakeholders deliver well-designed public infrastructure that is both consistent and retains local character. The document replaces the three policy documents belonging to our former three councils.

These guidelines will form part of a suite of Council and engineering reference material that will have broad use. This material will help Council and developers when upgrading public spaces, ensuring that they are people-centric, safe and sustainable. The guidelines will also help residents understand future upgrades to infrastructure such as cycle path networks and water sensitive urban design.

The guidelines include objectives, which set out to meet state government targets, as well as principles that will guide Council and developers in achieving great design outcomes in public spaces.

Streets can be much more than places for cars and trucks. They should be beautiful and well-designed places that are inviting and help bring people together.

The draft document is expected to be presented to Council for public exhibition endorsement mid 2020.