3Utilise Our Resources Efficiently

Implement energy efficient systems that make the most of limited resources, such as power and water. 

Building materials and design elements should be appropriate to context, cost efficient (considering whole of life cost), durable, and be made of parts that can be easily replaced if damaged.  Design the park for ease of maintenance from the outset.

 

Integratecar parking and road infrastructuresensitively

Roads and car parking areas are functional elements which enablethe public to access these special places, which are usually located some distance from residential areas. Careful integration of this infrastructure will minimise visual and environmental impacts and preserve the sense of an undeveloped rural landscape.

 

Integrate parking and road infrastructure sensitively by:

  • ensuring roads follow and respond to existing topography
  • ensuring lawn areas are designed for use as overflow parking areas
  • locating car parkingwhere some passive surveillance will occur
  • locating car parking areas close to formal activity areas (e.g. roads and playgrounds) to maximise activity mix and minimise crime
  • minimising paved parking areas and using semi-permeable or permeable surfaces wherever possible
  • using planting ​within and around car parking areas to soften the visual impact, reduce stormwater runoff and mitigate views and glare from parked cars.​