Resources

NSW Healthy Planning Action Resources

       NSW Healthy Planning Action Resource No. 1 - Urban Cooling with Green Infrastructure

  • This Action Resource has been prepared by the Healthy Planning Expert Working Group to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) on how they can implement green infrastructure in their communities.
  • The Action Resource includes a summary of the evidence identifying the benefits of green infrastructure and urban cooling, outlines the need for action, and implementation tips in the NSW legislative and regulatory context. 

 

       NSW Healthy Planning Action Resource No. 2 - Creating Walkable Neighbourhoods

  • This Action Resource has been prepared by the Healthy Planning Expert Working Group to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) on how walkable neighbourhoods can been achieved for NSW communities.
  • The Action Resource includes a summary of the evidence identifying the benefits of walkable neighbourhoods and physical activity, outlines the need for action, and implementation tips in the NSW legislative and regulatory context. 

     

NSW Healthy Planning Action Resource No. 3 - Healthy Food and the Built Environment

  • This Action Resource has been prepared by the Healthy Planning Expert Working Group to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) and examines how healthy food is associated with better dietary quality and lower prevalence of chronic conditions in the community. It also outlines how local and state planning processes can help address barriers to consuming healthy food focusing on the access, availability and utilisation of healthy foods in the community.
  • The Action Resource includes a summary of the evidence identifying the benefits of access to, availability and utilisation of healthy food outlines the need for action, and implementation tips in the NSW legislative and regulatory context. 

Planning for Healthy Built Environments - Resources 

Addressing active living and healthy eating through local council's Integrated Planning and Reporting framework: A Guide prepared by the NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living

  • This Guide was prepared by the NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL) to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) on how they can promote community health and well-being by addressing active living and healthy eating principles and practices, as they implement, monitor and review their Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) frameworks.
  • The Guide includes example activities, actions and performance measures for Councils to support and promote active living and healthy eating in their IP&R frameworks.
  • A summary document can be downloaded here.

 

Healthy Active by Design web resource (Heart Foundation)

  • This website showcases features of the built environment that can make it easier for Australians to be more active.
  • It includes case studies and evidence for 8 key design features that support and promote active living in the built environment.

 

Healthy Urban Development Checklist (NSW Ministry of Health)

  • The purpose of the Checklist is to help build the capacity of NSW Health staff to provide valuable feedback to local councils, and other relevant organisations, on health issues in relation to urban development plans and proposals.
  • It is intended that the use of the Guideline will facilitate strengthened partnerships and collaboration between NSW Health and urban planners and developers as part of NSW Health's initiatives to promote healthy communities in NSW.

 

Design Policies from the Government Architect NSW 

Better Placed

  • "Better Placed is an integrated design policy for the built environment of NSW. It seeks to capture our collective aspiration and expectations for the places where we work, love and play. It creates a clear approach to ensure we get the good design that will deliver the architecture, public places and environments we want to inhabit now and those we make for the future.  It articulates the means and methods to value and improve our built environment and public domain, so that we can be proud of our cities, towns and public places." (Government Architect NSW)

 

Greener Places

  • Greener Places is a draft policy to guide the design, planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across NSW. Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces, natural systems and semi-natural systems including parks, rivers, bushland and private gardens that are strategically planned, designed and managed to support good quality of life in the urban environment.
  • The aim of the policy is to create a healthier, more liveable, more resilient and sustainable urban environment by improving community access to recreation and exercise, walking and cycling connections.
  • A number of guides have been developed to sit under Greener Places including:
    • Draft Urban Tree Canopy Guide
    • Draft Bushland and Waterways Guide
    • Draft Open Space for Recreation Guide

New versions will be available from December 2019

 

 

 

Urban Design Guide (draft)

  • This document builds on the objectives of Better Placed, the integrated design policy for the built environment of NSW and provides further detail and guidance on how to achieve good urban design outcomes. It is for everyone involved with the design of the built environment in NSW.
  • This includes government agencies who are involved in city-shaping projects, developers, planners, engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, architects, building designers and communities who contribute to the design of their environments – whether as decision-makers, service providers, clients or end users.

 

Healthy Built Environments - Evidence

 

Healthy Built Environments: A Review of the Literature (Kent J; Thompson SM and Jalaludin B (2011))

  • This comprehensive literature review was prepared by The Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP), City Futures Research Centre, The University of New South Wales
  • The built environment has an important role to play in supporting human health as part of everyday living. This Literature Review examines the research evidence which demonstrates this link.

 

Other useful reports and resources

 

Landcom, Street Tree Design Guidelines, 2008.

 

Case Studies

Coming soon

 

Monthly Bulletin

You can view the latest edition of the Active Living NSW bulletin as well as past editions here.

 

News

Keep up to date with Active Living NSW news here.