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Access to food*
"Access to food" is about the ability of people to find, get to and use the food available nearby. This includes the availability of food that is fresh, culturally appropriate, safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable. It is linked to walkability to local outlets and reliable public transport
Active Living
Active Living refers to opportunities for incorporating physical activity into the routines of daily life as well as for sport and recreation. Examples of active living include; walking or cycling with children to school; walking, cycling or catching public transport to work or replacing short car trips to corner shops and parks by walking and cycling. (PCAL Why, Active Living Statement, 2010)
Active travel
Walking, cycling and/ or public transport
Activity centre
A place, such as a Town Centre, a beach or a local attraction, characterised by active land-uses and people traffic
Addressing the Street
Where, in the design and siting of specific developments, attention is paid to the impact on the street: a positive visual contribution (perhaps with street trees), clear entranceways, easy access and passive surveillance; sometimes referred to as ‘interface’ or ‘edge treatment’
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Guidelines for the design and siting of development to improve safety
Community land
The classification in the LG Act for non-operational land (eg. parks reserves, community centres). Cannot be sold unless re-classified
Development contributions
Monies (or land) paid by developers, in accordance with a Development Contributions Plan, as a share of costs required for infrastructure and services related to the development
Ecological footprint*
An "ecological footprint" is an holistic measure of the total impact of a lifestyle, expressed in land area. It includes energy consumption, water use, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity
Food fairness*
The principle of ensuring that the food system delivers good working conditions, is ethical (eg. in the treatment of animals) and is fairly priced for both producers and consumers
Food Policy*
"Food policy" is the area of public policy concerning how food is produced, processed, distributed, consumed and disposed of. Local food policy contributes to ensuring safer and healthier goods and services and cleaner, more sustainable, resilient environments. It goes beyond farming and puts food on the agenda of policy makers in all sectors and at all levels, ensuring they are aware of the environmental, health and economic implications of food systems
Food Safety*
"Food safety" includes the regulation and practice of handling, storage, preparation, processing and selling food. It is a broad area covering everything from allergens to microbes; water quality to additives
Food Security*
Food security "exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life".  Food security can be understood both at an individual and community-wide level. It can be as much about poor quality diet as it is about having sufficient food to eat. It is essential for a healthy and active life
Food System*
The "food system" describes the relationship between a range of elements including: consumers, producers, distributors, processors, retailers, corporations, freight companies, warehouses, restaurants and regulators
Healthy eating
Healthy eating refers to the types and amounts of food, food groups and dietary patterns that promote health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of diet-related conditions and diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Healthy eating according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines is characterised by the consumption of plenty of vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, lean meats and mostly reduced fat dairy foods, and limiting the intake of foods high in saturated fat, salt and added sugars.
Healthy local food supply
Promotes access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food, preserves agricultural lands and provides support for local food production (and culture). The definition also covers the health advantages of a local food culture – the social side of food, acknowledging cultural difference and the link to social connectedness and active living.
Horizontal integration
In management terms, the integration of activities across functional boundaries (sometimes called ‘silos’). This relates to coordination of documents and staff activities
Comprehensive, concept level plan for activity centres, land release or renewal areas, outlining future land-uses and connections
Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan. A comprehensive strategic and action plan to develop policies and build pedestrian facilities
Place making
The urban design motto referring to a coordinated approach to the planning and management of places; especially relevant in Town Centres, new suburbs and major redevelopment proposals
Place Managers
Local government employees with responsibility for coordinating activities within specified places (especially Town Centres) on a day-to-day basis.
Plans of Management
All land categorised under the LG Act as ‘community land’ must be subject to a Plan of Management (POM) detailing use and management controls. This can be a ‘generic’ plan (eg. covering all mlnor reserves) and/or a site specific POM.
Post occupancy survey
A survey of occupants/ residents once a development is occupied and operational
Public Domain Plan
Detailed construction-level plans, usually applying to town centres, land release and redevelopment areas, identifying and programming elements of the public domain (such as facilities, accessways, services and materials). Linked to (or included in) councils’ Development Control Plan(s), and development contribution plans.
Regional Action Plans
State level plans that focus on immediate actions the NSW Government will take to improve outcomes in each region
Regional Growth Plans
Proposed regional guidance, coordinated with infrastructure planning
The view from the footpath/ street/ public domain of built form
Structure Plan
A map-based plan of a Council area (or a locality) showing existing and potential future infrastructure such as streets, cycleways and pedestrian routes, and significant public land-uses (such as open space)
Sustainable Food*
"Sustainable Food" is an umbrella term describing an improved food system that is ecologically, socially and economically just. Characteristics include: fair incomes for producers; close links between producers and consumers; access for all people to good food; and practices which protect and regenerate our ecosystems and our communities. A sustainable food system recognises that the wellbeing of our ecosystems and communities is paramount and must be prioritised over corporate interests
Vertical integration
In management terms, the integration of activities up and down the hierarchy (of documents and personnel)
Voluntary Planning Agreement
A voluntary agreement between a developer and Council/ the Minister (and possibly State Agencies), in relation to a development proposal, addressing matters such as infrastructure provision and development rights

* Denotes sourced from Foodlinks project