Built environment indicator outcomes
The NSW Built Environment Indicators are based on the 10 built environment performance outcomes for evaluating movement and place projects across 5 themes. These outcomes contribute to well-designed built environments and include:
Using the Built environment indicators
The built environment themes, outcomes, and 36 indicators provide a consistent framework for assessing movement and place performance across a wide range of projects or plans. The Built Environment Indicators are used at three different stages of the Movement and Place core process:
- Step 1: establish evaluation criteria for the project vision and objectives
- Step 4: present a gap analysis including the current, baseline (planned intent), and desired future performance of the study area
- Steps 5 and 6: develop and compare options and assess the preferred option.
The built environment can be assessed in a number of ways, including quantitative and qualitative comparison; gap analysis by reference to benchmarks or standards; needs assessment; an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; analysing the capacity and performance of an area; and studying its character.
A standardised factsheet for each of the built environment indicators has been developed to assist with the interpretation and application of each indicator. The factsheet outlines the objective of measuring performance against an indicator and informs practitioners about the limitations and recommendations associated with the indicators and their relevance for other related indicators.
If applicable, the factsheets offer metrics for each indicator that can apply to a link (i.e. street or road segment), point, or area (i.e. travel zone, Local Government Area (LGA) etc.). The factsheet also outlines where qualitative data is required to support the quantitative assessment of the respective indicator.
Performance Assessment Tool
The Built Environment Indicator Movement & Place Performance Assessment Tool is a simple and effective way to visually display the performance gap between the existing built environment and desired future vision for a study area. It starts a conversation within project teams around setting ambitious targets and ‘what good looks like”. The tool provides two reference scenarios that allow for comparison against average values for a selected region and the best performer against an indicator for a similar centre type in NSW.
Anybody taking a Movement and Place approach can use this tool to identify priority areas that inform options and interventions and investigate why and how other areas are performing in a certain way. The intent is to raise the bar and start the stakeholder conversations at the early stages of a project with the positive notion of “what if we achieved this target”?
This tool is best used when working at a precinct or neighbourhood scale. It is important to select the right tool for the task as the type, scale, or stage of a project varies. Read more on the Supporting Tools page.
Built environment indicators web map
The baseline performance of each built environment indicator has been mapped across the entire state of NSW. The information is made available in a web map, offering practitioners a first glimpse at the current state within a study area. The web map is most useful in communicating and visualising the gap between the existing state and desired future state to stakeholders.