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Active Living: Examples of specific activities/actions

Strategic Objective: A physically active community

Community Strategic Plan

Delivery Program

(4 years)

Operational Plan

(1 year)

Performance Measures

Broad StrategiesActivitiesActions 

Provide quality open space, sporting and recreational facilities; accessible for all ages, ethnicities, ability-levels and socio-economic groups

  • Program open space design/ re-design/ embellishment
  • Undertake strategic planning for new community and recreation facilities
  • Ensure Plans of Management (PoM) for Community land are updated periodically and reflect active living objectives
  • Program, manage and maintain facilities, as per works schedule
  • Undertake ongoing monitoring of strategic planning exercises and significant Development Applications
  • Undertake a needs analysis
  • Survey shortfall in open space provision by walking catchment
  • Ensure development contributions are levied on Development Applications in accordance with Contribution Plans
  • Review priority PoMs (generic and site specific), to ensure that they address active living objectives
  • Undertake specific, high priority works, as per works schedule
  • Number and location of facilities that promote active living 
  • Total amount of open space per head of population
  • Percentage of residents within 400m of a neighbourhood park and 800m of a district park
  • Provision of street and park services/ furniture (including benches, resting places,lighting and awnings for shade) on significant pedestrian routes/ cycleways
  • Maintenance schedule on target for local parks
  • Funding received for open space provision/ embellishment      

Ensure a range of physical activities is available for all ages, ethnicities, ability-levels and socio-economic groups

  • Introduce a program of active living activities
  • Apply for active living related funding
  • Introduce in-house  physical activities for Council staff
  • Survey of active living program needs (and current provision) by community group/ location
  • Survey funding options
  • Pilot a Health and Wellbeing program for staff
  • Number of active living programs by local population, catering for particular sub-groups and income levels
  • Attendance rates at physical activity sessions
  • Number and frequency of community events such as walks or runs
  • Number of hits on council website

Ensure active travel options (such as walking, cycling and public transport) are readily available between home, centres and attractions

  • Incorporate walking and cycling paths in local structure planning
  • Prepare and update a Council-wide Bicycle Plan
  • Prepare a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP)
  • Review Development Control Plan provisions on end-of-trip facilities
  • Prepare an Integrated Transport Plan
  • Make application for grant funding for eligible infrastructure projects
  • Lobby State Government for public transport improvements
  • Undertake an ongoing program of traffic management
  • Amend Council’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) to introduce higher density around centres and attractions (and mixed uses around centres)
  • Revise car parking requirements in Development Control Plan, by location and circumstance
  • Introduce an education program on travel options
  • Establish a Workplace Travel Plan
  • Review State Government Guidelines on Bicycle Planning
  • Consult with local bicycle groups and users
  • Survey existing Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans in other Council areas
  • Investigate other councils' Development Control Plan (DCP) provisions
  • Survey literature and other councils’ actions on integrated transport planning
  • Survey and model public transport needs
  • Prioritise traffic management actions, as per works schedule
  • Investigate other councils’ reviews of car parking requirements
  • Review current information on travel options
  • Undertake a staff travel survey
  • Increase in residential densities in centres
  • Take-up rate of mixed use developments in centres
  • Cycling infrastructure: kilometres of continuous cycleway, total length of cycleways, bicycle parking facilities at major destinations and end-of-trip facilities at major destinations
  • Development and implementation of local Integrated Transport Plans
  • Percentage of the local population within walking distance of public transport stops
  • Frequency of public transport to major destinations

Ensure that localities are walkable

  • Review Council’s subdivision controls in accordance with best practice
  • Introducing a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan for the local Council area
  • Implement an ongoing program of footpath/ cycleway construction and maintenance
  • Review best practice subdivision controls
  • Undertake an accessibility audit
  • Review State Government advice and other councils’ Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans
  • Undertake priority works on footpaths/cycleways, as per works schedule
  • Footpath infrastructure: kilometres of footpaths per kilometre squared, total length of footpaths, footpath connections between residential areas and shopping.
  • Footpath maintenance schedules on target
  • Number and length of 40 km/h and 50 km/h speed limit zones (to reduce accidents and improve local amenity)
  • Street connectivity measures including ratio of intersections to land area (eg number of intersections per km squared), and similar ratios relating to number of blocks, culs de sac and/or access points

Provide streets that are attractive and safe

  • Introduce Public Domain Plans for key centres
  • Draft an Asset Management Plan for streetscape assets
  • Resident satisfaction surveys on amenity of local public domain
  • Progress of strategic community safety plans, including appropriate social solutions on crime prevention strategies
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Guidelines incorporated within local council Development Control Plans (DCPs)
  • Public Domain Plans in place for significant pedestrian routes/cycleways
  • Number of people visibly active within a neighbourhood 

Provide town centres and other key destinations that are safe, vibrant and attractive, day and night.

  • Amend Council’s Local Environment Plan to introduce higher density around centres and attractions (and mixed uses in Centres)
  • Introduce Public Domain Plans for key centres
  • Introduce a program of activities
  • Appoint a Place Manager for major centres
  • Prioritise and trial programs in Centres
  • Research roles of Place Managers in other councils (eg Parramatta City Council)
  • Visitor satisfaction with amenity of Town Centre
  • Increase in residential densities in Centres
  • Take-up of mixed use developments in Centres
  • Implementation rate of Public Domain Plan measures: landscaping, presence of grass, trees and shade
  • Surveys indicate that Town Centres and other key destinations are ‘areas of interest’
  • Amount of garbage or litter within Town Centres and key destinations
  • Total graffiti and its rate of removal 

Require private developments to address the street and be well connected to movement systems

  • Introduce a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan for Council area
  • Introduce Development Control Plan provisions requiring active street frontages
  • Introduce Development Control Plan provisions on treatment of frontages
  • Amend  Development Control Plan / conditions of consent to require signposting in new developments
  • Review other councils’ Development Control Plan provisions
  • Streetscape and interface guidelines incorporated within local council Development Control Plans (DCPs)
  • Post occupancy audit indicates street activity levels
  • Compliance of approved developments with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles
  • Percentage of pedestrian trips to local destinations

Undertake education activities to promote active living

  • Develop effective public health awareness programs, in partnership with Government Agencies and the community
  • Prepare and provide brochures on the benefits of active living
  • Establish (and update) local directories on transport provision, location of recreation facilities and walking/ cycling networks and trails
  • Establish a contact at Council for information about active living
  • Regular spot on Council Information sources
  • Establish links with the Local Health Districts
  • Provide driver awareness campaigns
  • Number of/attendance at education, promotion and driver awareness campaigns
  • Distribution of brochures and signage to promote active living
  • Local directories are established and updated, and include local transport information, location of recreation facilities and walking/cycling networks and trails