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For well over a decade urban development in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world has pursued an agenda of sustainability. The goal has been to shape our urban development practices so they can be better - for people, planet and economy.

In 2010, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) laid the foundations for one of the most influential pieces of work in sustainable urban development in Australia with the release of the Green Star Communities National Framework.

In this document, the scope of a sustainable communities was identified, based on a collaborative engagement process with government, industry and academia. In it, the following was articulated:

A sustainable community embodies the principles of sustainable development, respecting ecological limits and natural resource constraints, encouraging prosperity and well-being while optimising conditions for human development.

The purpose of this guidance note, for smart urban development, is to provide further guidance to the development industry on how smart technologies and data solutions can not only support sustainable urban development, but strengthen and accelerate it’s stated outcomes.

This guidance note has been created to provide a clear definition of smart urban development, and offer a scope for policy makers, practitioners and developers to guide their work.

The information within this note was gathered over a 12 month period of consultation and research by SCCANZ and its partners as part of the development of the Code for Smart Communities. As a more detailed guidance resource, the Code will extend beyond the information contained within this guidance note, and include metrics and resources for the planning, design and construction of development projects. The Code for Smart Communities is due for release by mid 2018.

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