What is a MAP?
The acronym MAPs (Multi-Age Precincts) was first coined by PerthALIVE and Future Perth. It describes housing precincts with specific features that cater for people of all ages and stages of life.
The key features of MAPs are:
- MAPs are large, vibrant mixed-use developments in already established areas.
- MAPs comprise at least several hundred dwelling (units?) within walking distance of a major transport hub, urban town centre and associated facilities.
- MAPs are intentionally intergenerational and include an on-site service provider offering a range of lifestyle and aged care services suited to people of all ages and stages of life.
- MAPs focus on social sustainability, with dedicated accommodation for a community facility that encourages positive community engagement by residents of both the precinct development and the local neighbourhood.
Why do MAPs matter?
MAPs have many social, environmental and economic benefits including:
- Promoting community engagement, vibrancy and wellbeing
- Promoting intergenerational living and ageing in place
- Reducing the city’s carbon footprint
- Reducing the cost of service delivery to an ageing population
- Reducing the costs associated with ‘suburban sprawl’
What makes a MAP different?
On-site Services: A critical component of any successful MAP is an on-site service provider offering a range of lifestyle and aged care services suited to people of all ages and stages of life. The provision of such services supports intergenerational, cradle-to-grave living. The combination of traditional aged care/disability services with an array of ‘lifestyle services’ will be available not only to precinct residents, but also to the wider community in which the precinct sits.
Community Facility: Another key feature of all MAPs is a community facility offering local residents a multi-purpose adaptable space where they can socialise, learn, create, support each other and have the opportunity to ‘give back’ to their communities. Community engagement does not just happen, and must be facilitated quite deliberately through integrated planning and design of the physical spaces. It also requires active strategies and resources to ensure initial and ongoing governance and coordination arrangements to deliver a suite of community activities, events and services.