To help gain a good understanding of the place (and the problem) we recommend undertaking a simplified context analysis; and constraints and opportunities plan.
This also presents a good opportunity to engage with stakeholders early.
As part of this exercise consider the core functions of the street:
- Place – what are the adjacent land uses, how do people use the space, are there personal safety issues, issues for mobility and visually impaired etc?.
- Movement – modal aspects, crossing opportunities, pedestrian desire lines, footpath spatial zones, vehicle frequency/speed/traffic safety etc, buses/stops/cycle parking.
- Access – residential/commercial, need for emergency vehicles, rubbish trucks movements.
- Parking and loading – mobility parking/loading requirements/mitigation of loss.
- Utilities – consider what is under the surface when fixing or needing foundations for semi-permanent features, maintaining/watering planting.
Examining the types of questions above will inform the next stages of your project planning through clarifying the site-based opportunities and constraints of your project.