The introduction of the ONF provides an easy to understand ‘common language’ for engaging with key stakeholders and the community. The Street Categories in particular will help describe aspirations for corridors and the different on-street activities happening around them in a descriptive and visual way, and this context should help people to understand and engage with topics like proposed speed management changes, or town centre upgrades, and help inform feedback on consultations.

The ONF will also help explain a joined-up investment story across land use and transport planning  to stakeholders like Regional Transport Committees, Elected Members, urban development agencies, the AA, and freight groups.

Queenstown Lakes District Council capitalised on the common language of the ONF in their trial, bringing together members of teams across Council to have conversations about integrating land-use planning, urban design and transport planning.

Read about how Queenstown Lakes District Councils used the ONF

“It’s great to see that the ONF workshops are starting internal conversations between the planning and engineering disciplines.”

“The relationship of movement and place within a street are described in terms that anyone can understand. It allows us to have meaningful, plain English conversations with stakeholders about how their communities will develop and grow.”

Queenstown Lakes District Council