About the Toolkit
The world’s urban population is set to increase dramatically in the next three decades with most of this rapid urbanisation occurring in towns and cities of less than one million inhabitants, referred to collectively in the Rapid Planning Toolkit as 'secondary cities'. The speed and scale of growth means that managing urban areas, and planning for new sustainable urban extensions, will be one of the most important challenges facing cities and societies in the 21st century.
Current civic leaders and planning professionals have a duty of care to future generations to ensure that this major challenge is met with a simple, effective and rapid response and, most importantly, with something that is both practical and implementable.
While this challenge is serious, it is also an opportunity. Throughout history, well-planned cities have acted as engines of economic growth, helped reduce poverty and housed citizens in a form that provides for community, safety and good health. In contrast, unplanned or poorly planned settlements can confine their citizens to a lack of social mobility with inadequate sanitation, basic services and security.
This is why it is crucial to reverse the unsustainable and accelerating trend towards unserviced, unplanned settlements – and urgently build capacity to implement urban frameworks that shape cities and give their citizens the hope of future prosperity.
The Rapid Planning Toolkit is a simple and practical tool which intends to assist city mayors, city leaders and key departments (e.g. Departments of Health, Education, Transport and Infrastructure) in creating robust and implementable walkable neighbourhood plans in rapidly growing cities or towns. The Toolkit advocates that built environment professionals collaborate with local and national governments, technical specialists and local communities to create effective city planning.
This website provides an overview of the Rapid Planning Toolkit, summarising the 4-Step process to creating an urban plan. It is designed to give an initial understanding of the steps involved. More extended and detailed steps, together with a training structure to support it, will be available for those seeking to use the Toolkit in their city. To find out more visit the Resource Hub.
The Toolkit is a product from the Prince's Foundation.