Walkable and liveable communities

Outcome (goal): To increase opportunities for active healthy living, help reduce pollution and improve economic development by providing more green space and walkable, mixed-use development.

Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions)
Localities, town centre and land use planning to improve active and healthy living
  • Plan for walkable, safe communities by locating food and other retail outlets, businesses, recreation centres, parks and other facilities and services near public transport.
  • Reduce urban sprawl by embedding workplaces, shops, schools and social services within integrated community centres that facilitate walking and cycling.
  • Provide easy convenient access to beaches, rivers, lakes and nature reserves on the periphery of town centres.
  • Conserve and develop green spaces and develop urban green networks and a network of outdoor places for active and healthy living accessible to all residents.
  • Develop a health impact assessment policy to ensure that active and healthy living issues are incorporated into Planning Scheme reviews and planning processes.
  • Work with planning, transport and economic development agencies to ensure that the long-term evolution of the Local Government area reduces car dependence and promotes equitable access to high-quality public transport.
  • Adopt policies or implement programs that encourage transit-oriented developmentto promote the development of compact, pedestrian-friendly housing, workplaces and retail shops in close proximity to public transport.
  • Provide people with clear information about the availability of safe and enjoyable opportunities to be active in the Local Government area.
  • Produce and promote a community-wide active living map of parks, trails, cycling and walking routes and facilities that offer recreation and physical activity programs.
  • Produce and promote a community-wide healthy eating map of farmers markets, community gardens, community kitchens, farm-gate stalls, fresh food outlets (i.e. supermarkets and specialty shops), breastfeeding facilities and facilities that offer healthy eating programs.
  • Include children, older people and people with disabilities in planning activities related to increasing opportunities for active healthy living.
  • Review the Planning Scheme and Development Assessment processes in accordance with best practice (click here).
  • As a part of land use planning processes:
    • host roundtables or community meetings to invite the public to review land use plans
    • identify areas underserved by fresh food retail outlets
    • use geographical information systems to determine land-use trends and walkability characteristics, such as mixed land use, street connectivity and paths (click here)
    • partner with Queensland Health to ensure that public health is part of council plans and community planning
    • undertake health impact assessments.
  • Review policies and plans when major infrastructure is built in order to integrate feasible enhancements, such as paths when street improvements are being made (click here).
  • Set a good example to citizens by planning and locating council facilities and offices in ways that deter car dependence and encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
  • Adopt Planning Scheme overlays that provide density bonuses around public transport, lower parking requirements and provide other incentives to support higher density development that takes advantage of the investment in public transport.
  • Prepare a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan.
  • Introduce Infrastructure Charges for active healthy community infrastructure such as paths, parks and ancillary features (click here).
Improve infrastructure and design features to encourage active and healthy living
  • Improve the pedestrian experience in town centres, including making the entrances to civic buildings directly accessible for pedestrians.
  • Adopt a Complete Streets policy, develop a Pedestrian Master Plan and a Bicycle Master Plan, and examine funding mechanisms to increase investment in pedestrian facilities.
  • Develop guidelines aimed at providing wider paths, trees that shade parks and paths, benches for people to rest, off-street parking and walkways from parking to pathways.
  • Create walkable environments around historic and cultural features of the community.
  • Adopt design and construction guidelines that provide convenient and visible stairs and signage that encourages people to take the stairs.
  • Require active street frontages in town centres.
  • Require private developments to contribute to the street.
  • Require signposting for movement networks for major developments.
  • Require breastfeeding facilities in all public facilities.
  • Work with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to balance the needs of motorists with other modes of transport, such as walking and bicycles.
  • Prepare policies that consider:
    • the ratio of building height to street right-of-way width to create a comfortable pedestrian experience (ideal ratio: 1:3 to 1:2)
    • ensure that roadways and crossings are adjacent
    • consider traffic volume, speed and crossing distances to encourage people onto the streets.
  • Conduct walkability audits to identify locations that are not safe or comfortable for walking and places for improvement.
  • Prepare and implement Public Domain Plans for key centres.
  • Implement ongoing programs of path construction and maintenance.
  • Introduce to the Planning Scheme (click here):
    • provisions requiring Complete Streets
    • provisions on the treatment of frontages
    • consent to require signposting in new developments
    • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design policy