Urban planning for sustainability

This note was reviewed and retained for legacy in October 2018, with the qualification that some references are now superseded.

In order to deliver sustainability in the built environment, planning policies and statutory requirements need to consider environmental, social, and economic concerns simultaneously. There are a range of concerns pertaining to density, transport, water and energy resources, design, character and amenity that the planning process impacts and where objectives can be modified to reflect greater concern with sustainability.  Planning tools from the regional policy level down through to single-building performance measures can be applied to meet this objective.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions and context
  3. Environmental considerations
  4. Social considerations
  5. Economic considerations
  6. Statutory requirements and rating tools