16 August 2011 – The National Heart Foundation has compiled guidelines about food sensitive planning and urban design.

Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design: A conceptual framework for achieving a sustainable and just food system is a framework designed for planners, architects, urban designers, engineers, policy makers, community members and elected representatives to integrate food considerations into urban land use and development.

The concept recognises that access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food is an essential part of achieving liveable communities.

The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab which promotes emerging technical, social and organisational innovations that could form part of future sustainable systems and David Locke Associates were commissioned by the NHF’s Victorian division to develop the  resource.

It outlines:

  • key areas in planning legislation, policy and processes to realise this outcomes;
  • how meeting people’s food needs contributes to the broader objectives of planning and urban design, including health and fairness; sustainability and resilience; livelihoods and opportunity; and community and amenity; and
  • a challenge to professionals and the broader community to take on a stronger role in ensuring that healthy, sustainable and equitable food is available for the population in the future.

For details