Cycle highways: Planning for Active Travel in the ACT

The aim here is to link the “cycle highway” vision with the Active Travel Framework. The term “cycle highways” is disconnected from the planning mechanism in the ACT, in particular those of the ROAD AUTHORITY and PLANNING AUTHORITY. It is necessary to show where cycle highways sit in the active travel key statutory and non-statutory planning documents.

The relevant text for cycle highways is scattered throughout a number of key documents. Here the relevant extracts from Planning for Active Travel in the ACT (PATCAT) are gathered together in one place.

Extracts- Planning for Active Travel in the ACT (PATCAT)

source: Planning for Active Travel in the ACT: Active Travel Infrastructure Interim Planning Guideline (ACT Government, January 2019)

Page 15

“4.2 Estate Development

Estate developments are generally on land where the proponent is creating block boundaries, delivering services and constructing the public domain (paths, parks etc.). These developments are subject to specific type of Development Approval known as an Estate Development Plan.

Estate Development Plans are often in Future Urban Areas (normally “greenfield” estates) but can include significant infill development projects. They are assessed against the requirements of the Estate Development Code in the Territory Plan.

The Estate Development Code aims to facilitate sustainable, safe, convenient and attractive neighbourhoods that meet the diverse and changing needs of the community. This includes offering a wide choice in housing and associated community and commercial facilities, providing for local employment opportunities, encouraging active travel, minimising energy consumption, and promoting a sense of place.

In assessing a proposal against the Estate Development Code, The Planning Authority will refer the proposal to all relevant agencies. Part of the code requires TCCS to check compliance of the proposal in relation to their assets, including that any proposed active travel facilities will comply with Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05.”

Page 16

“If the estate is within a Future Urban Area it will also be assessed against the requirements of any relevant Structure Plan or Concept Plan. If it is not within a Future Urban Area then it will be assessed against the requirements of the relevant zone, precinct and general codes. This is why it is important for all Structure Plans, Concept Plans and relevant codes to include the requirements necessary to maintain and deliver the Active Travel Network.”

Page 17

“4.6 Design Acceptance

Prior to the construction of any assets on Territory Land, whether they are associated with Estate Development, Land Development or Public Works, detail design plans are submitted to TCCS for Design Acceptance. This typically includes all active travel infrastructure. TCCS review the detailed design for consistency with the approved Development Applications and relevant standards including Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 to ensure the appropriate facilities are provided on the identified Active Travel Routes.”

Page 30

“6.1.2 Statutory Planning

The main statutory planning documents are the National Capital Plan and the Territory Plan. Importantly, the objectives and requirements below need to be incorporated into proposed amendments and ACT Government variations to these documents. This is particularly important for elements of the plans such as Development Control Plans, Structure Plans or Precinct Codes that relate to specific locations.

If appropriate, the objectives and requirements identified below should be referenced in scoping requirements for Environmental Impact Statements and Planning Studies.”

Page 31

“Objective

Provide active travel facilities that cater for everyone in the community.

Requirements

  • Identify access to public transport.
  • Identify crossing points on Arterial and Collector Roads that are suitable for aged people and people with disabilities to provide continuity of active travel routes

Objective

Provide active travel facilities that respond to their environment and provide greater amenity to users.

Requirements

  • Consider the topography when identifying alignments for cycling routes.
  • Look for opportunities to connect Community Routes through green spaces or service corridors rather than following the road network, especially if these can offer more direct alignment and better grading opportunities.
  • Align routes for active travel transportation”

Page 33

“6.2 Estate Development Design

Objective

Provide active travel facilities that respond to their environment and provide greater amenity to users.

Requirements

  • Main and Local Community Routes should be intuitive and direct. Their alignment may influence the layout of the estate.
  • Consider the terrain when identifying Community Routes.
  • Look for opportunities to connect Community Routes through green spaces or service corridors rather than following the road network.
  • Where Main and Local Community Routes are provided outside road reserves passive surveillance must be provided by adjacent development.”
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