Why do we need resources and tools to create liveable 20-minute neighbourhoods?
The six different hallmarks work together to create a 20-minute neighbourhood. The presence or absence of these hallmarks can impact the liveability of the neighbourhood. Sometimes it is easy to determine this.
Some hallmarks may appear to be present but not others and sometimes the quality of provision is unknown. These different factors and how they combine can all affect liveability. After assessing the liveability of a neighbourhood, the need for future changes becomes clearer.
The resources detailed will help support this process as well as planning for the necessary changes.
20-minute neighbourhoods checklist
The 20-Minute Neighbourhoods Checklist Tool is an informal tool to assist the urban development industry and councils to implement 20 – minute neighborhoods in larger scale developments. The tool is based on the six 20-minute neighbourhoods ‘Hallmarks’. It outlines what ideally needs to be provided within a 20-minute return walk from home, allowing people to meet most of their ‘daily’ needs locally.
Other free evalution tools
RMIT has developed the Urban Liveability Checklist which comprises a set of validated built environment indicators that promote health and wellbeing. The checklist has been designed as a short and simple tool for urban planners to apply in established or proposed urban areas, to assess liveability and the potential to improve health and wellbeing.
Find how Manningham city council use the checklist tool to conduct their Liveability Assessment.
The Australian Urban Observatory (AUO) is a digital liveability planning platform that transforms complex urban data into easily understood liveability maps across Australia’s 21 largest cities. The Observatory maps key liveability indicators found to be associated with health and wellbeing, and provides a clear understanding of the liveability of cities.
The Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life can be used by anyone who wants to better understand the strengths and areas for improvement in a public space. The tool takes people through a series of questions to analyse public space quality. This information can be used to inform future planning, design and investment and to improve public spaces for everyone.
Check The Great Public Spaces Toolkit developed by the New South Wales government that anyone can use to support planning, managing and creating better and more vibrant public spaces.
The Site-specific Assessment consists of a series of activities and tools to understand the quality of public spaces and influence, through a participatory process, the design of the site. The assessment focuses on a selected open public space and its five minutes walking radius (equivalent to 400-meter distance) referred in the document as the ‘walkable radius’. The guideline supports the user on how to gather the right data and what information is needed within the selected area in order to come up with adequate design and planning solutions.
Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria
The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria provide advice about creating functional and enjoyable public places for people in our cities and towns.
Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines
The Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines: New Communities in Victoria (PDF) (the Guidelines) are a Victorian Government initiative to ensure the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and other planning authorities prepare plans for places that enable best practice, liveable new communities.
The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide the framework for preparing Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) that guarantee quality outcomes while also being flexible, responsive and supportive of innovation.
The Guidelines are based on planning for 20-minute neighbourhoods, a principle in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 that advocates for living locally to ensure accessible, safe and attractive local communities.
Case studies and best practice
Victorian Government Initiatives
Other Government Initiatives
Council's best practice
Mambourin – joint Urban Development Framework (UDF) implementation project with the developer Frasers to create a 20-minute neighbourhood including temporary and early activation of services and infrastructure.
Precinct design case studies
Soho Village demonstrates that both housing diversity and density, and the creation of a 20-minute neighbourhood is commercially achievable in Australia’s growth suburbs. It has become an exemplar for growth area councils on how to deliver mixed-use projects in the future.
Page last updated: 31/10/22