The Activity Centres Performance Toolkit is a framework for assessing the performance of activity centres of different sizes, types and maturity. The planning policy environment, both in WA and elsewhere in Australia, is moving away from a retail-centric approach to activity centre planning to a more holistic approach to planning for integrated activity in centres. This approach recognises the fundamental role economic needs play in the ongoing viability of activity centres, and the strong interrelationships between residential density, activity intensity and density, employment quantity and quality, transport and accessibility and urban form.
The toolkit was developed in response to the need for a transparent, evidence-based decision-making framework for activity centre planning across Australia. It identifies simple, consistent metrics for measuring economic activity and urban form performance, enabling assessment of centre strengths and weaknesses, comparison and benchmarking, and a way for centre owners or stakeholders to map a path to long-term centre sustainability and vitality. A range of metrics are used to assess characteristics across the following categories:
The toolkit provides the opportunity to merge the economic needs of centres with a definable, best practice design approach in order to facilitate the development of high quality, implementable activity centres. The data provided can be used by both developers and local governments.
Pracsys Internal Business Development and The Property Council of Australia
Michael Chappell, Georgia Moore, Suzie Turner and Kaitlyn Scannell