This guide is for practitioners involved in the planning, design, delivery, and operation of our transport networks and the areas around them. This includes public and private sector decision-makers, planners, engineers, urban designers and project managers.
About this guide
Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place explains how to collaborate on strategies, plans, and projects, across all stages of design and delivery of our street environments, transport projects, and the places they serve, to create a better built environment.
The role of this guide
This guide provides a common structure for place-based transport and urban planning across NSW. It explains how built environment practitioners can apply a Movement and Place approach to projects and plans. The guide outlines:
- a collaborative method for practitioners, stakeholders, and the community to work together
- a shared responsibility and a shared language to support collaboration across disciplines, agencies, and levels of government
- a process for implementing this approach across a range of decisions and project types, at various scales, and throughout the life cycle of a plan, project, or asset
- criteria for measuring and evaluating the alignment of movement and place in existing contexts and when comparing future options.
The Movement and Place Toolkit
The guide is one component of the NSW Government Movement and Place Toolkit. In addition to this guide:
- Aligning Movement and Place introduces Movement and Place, including the key concepts and the NSW Movement and Place Framework. It explains why we need to collaborate on strategies, plans, and projects – across all stages of design and delivery – to achieve a better built environment.
- Evaluators’ Guide to Movement and Place provides advice for decision-makers, project managers and design review panels. It sets out considerations for evaluating projects in reference to the NSW Government Better Placed design policy and Future Transport strategy.
- Practice notes supplement this Practitioners’ Guide to Movement and Place. They provide advice for transport planners, urban designers and project managers on specific aspects and applications for the Movement and Place core process.
- Case studies provide advice for transport planners, urban designers and project managers based on experience gained through specific Movement and Place projects in NSW.
The guidance in the toolkit builds on a body of statewide, interstate and international work. It is being updated and expanded by Transport for NSW and the Department of Planning, Environment and Industry on a regular basis.
This guide seeks to change some established working practices and standards to produce more consistent, higher quality outcomes, and asks practitioners to think differently about their role in creating successful places.
For those familiar with Movement and Place, several of the concepts presented in this guide are new:
- A six-step process of collaboration has been established as the means of taking a Movement and Place approach (see Section 2).
- New methods are advanced for understanding place through form, activity and meaning (see Understanding Place), and movement in its relationship to, through, and within places (see Understanding Movement).
- Performance indicators have been defined for all projects to report against, grouped into five built environment themes, including core and supplementary indicators for evaluating options (see Built environment indicators).
- Identification of street environments has been adapted as a way of analysing the movement function and place intensity of roads and streets.
- A reporting process and template has been developed for documenting progress.
Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place replaces previous guidance in NSW on Movement and Place including the draft Road Planning Framework, and is intended to supplement Austroads Guides in relation to movement and place in NSW. It has been produced as a collaboration between Government Architect NSW (GANSW), within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and Transport for NSW (TfNSW).