MasterPlan, together with Ian Robertson Design and Outerspace Landscape Architects, were engaged by the District Council of Tumby Bay to prepare an Urban Design Framework and Master Plan for the Tumby Bay Township. The project was jointly funded by Council and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure under the Places for People program, which supports the strategic urban design process. The project aimed to create high quality, vital public spaces through strategic urban design and documentation and then to capital works.
The goal of the project was to create a logical plan for the Tumby Bay township which can guide future projects to improve the quality of public spaces. The project sought to build upon existing community assets and provide an overarching strategy for the development of public spaces within the township over a timeframe of 20 to 30 years. MasterPlan and Ian Robertson Design also completed an interim Structure Plan for the Tumby Bay township in July 2013 which sets out the options for growth of the township over a time horizon of 30 years. The Structure Plan had some regard to the improvement of public spaces and streetscapes within the township, and specifically recommended that an Urban Design Framework be prepared.
Having prepared for future growth by addressing land supply, zoning and stormwater management issues, the Council then sought to establish an urban design framework and masterplan to address the form and function of public space within the township. The Tumby Bay Urban Design Framework and MasterPlan project reviewed the whole township and also involved the preparation of more detailed master plans for key public spaces, including the Tumby Bay Recreation Reserve and the Foreshore Reserve with focus on the key nodes identified in the Structure Plan.
Without such a strategy, it is difficult to plan for and prioritise such works to ensure that they deliver the community the maximum benefit for the public funds expended in the processes. The project consisted of a high level of community consultation. The consultation included a range of public meetings, workshops with key stakeholders, ‘open house design’ sessions, ‘drop in’ sessions and a community walk. The initial consultation began without the project team having pre-conceived ideas of where the project should focus or what should be proposed. Design concepts were then prepared in response to the consultation meetings, and presented back to the community prior to the final reports being completed.