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The new framework is intended to provide a common language for all disciplines, including urban and rural transport planners, urban designers, land use planners, traffic engineers, journey managers, network and asset managers, construction designers and landscape architects.

As part of the design, a series of use cases are being fully developed to assist with understanding how the One Network Framework will be used. The roles below show the diverse range of discipline being targeted as users of the framework. These will be further developed to bring them to life through the voices of people in some of these disciplines.

Investing in transport operations and maintenance

“The ONF will help us plan strategically for our investments in all modes, including reporting against performance and forecasting renewals budgets in our Activity Management Plans (AMPs). It will also help us tell a joined up investment story to our funders, including how transport contributes to  wider community outcomes.”

Ensuring equitable outcomes and investor confidence

“The ONF will help us to prioritise funding applications under LTP and RLTP/NLTP processes in a nationally consistent way, by providing a more granular level of information that will help to distinguish outcomes between modes and regions. It will also help to improve Ministerial and governance reporting against a wider range of focus areas.”

Optimising journey experiences

“At a strategic level, the ONF will help us to identify locations where movement and place aspirations are mis-aligned or performance measures aren’t being met for different modes. We can then implement quick win network efficiency projects. Day to day, it will also help us to plan for incidents, civil defence and major event TMPs.”

Embedding safety across planning process

“Having a wider range of safety outcomes in the new ONF levels of service and performance measures will ensure Road to Zero and safe system principles are embedded in all planning processes, right from the start, rather than having to design out harm later. It will also help us tier and consider options for safety interventions and speed limits at later design stages.”

Growing engagement and collaboration

“The ONF will help us articulate and visually describe corridors and travel plans in stakeholder and community engagement. It will provide contextual information that will help communities understand and engage with topics like speed management or town centre upgrades.”

Supporting urban mobility and multi-modal network planning

“To support modal shift we need to make shared and active modes of transport more accessible, safe and attractive, and help shape better urban form. The new ONF will make sure all modes are accounted for in corridor planning right from the earliest stages and help us monitor levels of service to encourage people to use them. In later design stages it will help us consider appropriate options for street-level treatments. It will also be an important tool for helping us develop and review multi-modal network plans, travel demand management plans and regional public transport plans (RPTPs).”

Informing capital projects design and construction

“As part of the business case process, pre-implementation and construction phases of a capital project or safety works programme, our staff and consultant teams will revisit a corridor’s ONF classification and performance measures all the time to help guide decision-making. The inclusion of place aspirations and on-street activity descriptions will add significant value to detailed design, urban design, environmental, social and construction implementation plans.”

Integrating land use and transport planning

“The ONF provides us with a ‘common language’ that will help contribute to richer conversations about integrated land and transport plans during Council-led District Plan, structure planning, growth or spatial planning processes. By workshopping the initial application of ONF together, we can work out what role a transport corridor will play in shaping urban form. We can then use it as a baseline for conversations with urban development agencies, private developers, funders and stakeholders to ensure surrounding infrastructure develops in line with the vision.”

Guiding urban design and landscape architecture visions

“The ONF’s description of the strategic movement and place function of a corridor will help guide the ‘form’ of design and street-level treatments chosen in later planning stages. This could include guiding overall experience outcomes for pedestrian accessibility or surrounding open space landscaping.”

Over the next few years, it is intended that REG Investment Advisors and REG members within each of the country’s Councils and RCAs will become champions for best-practice use and application of the ONF, helping to involve their colleagues and stakeholders in implementation.

At local authorities, the ONF is set to become a key input into NOFs and activity management plans (AMPs), and will support the monitoring of journey and network performance and writing of investment documentation for three and 10-yearly LTP and RLTP/NLTP funding rounds. But the new ONF’s definitions of the ‘function’ of corridors should also be used by people in other roles, alongside tools such as urban design guides, cycle network development guides and Safe System Frameworks, to help guide the ‘form’ of design and interventions chosen in other later planning stages.

For example, referencing back to a corridor’s ONF classification or Street Family and associated levels of service will:

  • develop a shared understanding of a corridor’s strategic function when infrastructure planning projects move into detailed design, or start planning for construction disruption mitigations
  • provide baselines for understanding aspirational mode hierarchy when urban mobility or Regional Public Transport Plans are developed or reviewed
  • help to tier and consider appropriate options for safety interventions, TMPs and speed limits;
  • provide strategic context for travel demand management plans
  • help guide overall experience outcomes for subject matter experts (SMEs) and urban designers working on street-level treatments, eg pedestrian accessibility
  • help contribute to richer conversations about integrated land and transport plans during Council-led District Plan, structure planning, growth or spatial planning processes.

The use of Street Families will also be incredibly useful for articulating and visually describing corridors in stakeholder and community engagement. This contextual information will help communities understand and engage with topics like speed management, or town centre upgrades.

To find out more or get involved in trialling the ONF, contact the team at reg@nzta.govt.nz