Using SNAMUTS to Plan for Change: The Place for Accessibility Modelling in Strategic Planning for Urban Transitions
Accessibility Instruments based on big data, such as SNAMUTS (Spatial Network Analysis for Multi-Modal Urban Transport Systems), show great potential in facilitating strategic planning for mobility transitions, by providing useful and usable information on accessibility outcomes of public transport infrastructure scenarios. However, how should accessibility instruments best be used in existing strategic planning processes? This study used an experiential case study methodology to insert SNAMUTS into a real-life process of strategic planning for the Monash ‘national employment and innovation cluster’ in Greater Melbourne. It asked how, when and where accessibility modelling should best be introduced to improve accessibility outcomes in a long-term strategic planning process for urban transitions. The results demonstrate the significant problems with introducing accessibility data into the planning process in the context of politicised planning, weak sustainability vision and insufficient role definition between various stakeholders. In this context, the use of data and analysis in planning was limited to ‘evidence-based lobbying’.
urban governance, mobility transitions, the politics of transformation