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:


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

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Monthly Bulletin

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