Integrated land use-transport planning and policy

The integration of land use and transport infrastructure has been a key policy direction in WA for over a decade, and has been articulated in major transport and planning policies since 1998.

The most recent iterations of this policy direction can be seen in "Directions 2031", the metropolitan planning strategy for Perth and in the Public Transport Plan for Perth 2031. At a national level the direction is supported by the National Charter on Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning.

Research in this area is critical in order to gain an understanding of what strategies and measures will be most effective in supporting transport choice and travel behaviour change to enable a transition from a car-reliant city to one where multi-modal travel is the norm. In addition it is clear that, despite a wealth of transport and policy initiatives that support the overarching objective, research is needed into the institutional barriers that impede such action. The impact of the program will be local, national and international

Program research questions

What are the sustainable models of urban form to accommodate growth and frame infrastructure investment at both the local and metropolitan scales? How well do these models perform against a set of multi-disciplinary evaluation indicators?

  • What are strategies for activating/achieving Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in particular and activity centres more generally, including strategies for overcoming the implementation barriers?
  • How can Accessibility Planning Support Tools be applied in improving the integration between land use and transport planning in Perth?

How can demand be better managed to reduce the need for more infrastructure?

  • What are the land use mechanisms that can assist in supporting public transport and active transport?
  • What are the behavioural factors and impacts?
What are the implementation barriers – governance, funding, institutional and cultural?