Planning walkable neighbourhoods in Queensland

Front cover of the guide showing a montage of pictures: a tree-lined pathway, a group of new homes, children on a cycles on a cycle path.New residential developments in Queensland must be walkable and encourage physical activity. Specific legislation requires among other conditions, connectivity, footpaths and street trees. Blocks must be no longer than 250 metres and residents must be within 400 metres of a park or open space. To help with this, a new guide is available. 

The new planning provision comes into force at the end of September. This move is supported by the Street Design Manual for Walkable Neighbourhoods. Prepared by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia in conjunction with the Queensland Government, the guide is designed to help engineers, designers and planners to design more walkable and liveable residential areas. And Walkable, should also mean Wheelable. This is a new document and feedback is welcome. 

The guide covers open space, lot design, street design, active travel, public transport, landscaping and much more. At 160 pages is it comprehensive. There is a brief mention of people using mobility devices, children, older people, and parents with strollers.

Sourceable has a short article introducing the guide, Queensland Lays Down Law on Walkable Neighbourhoods.