Definition – There is no single authoritative definition of liveability. Following is one of several proposed definitions submitted by participants of the 1st European SUMP conference in Sopot, Poland:
“A liveable city is one that works hard to maintain equity between its economic activity, the health of its environment/ecology and the quality of life of citizens. SUMP is a key ingredient in developing a liveable city as it allows all citizens to participate in strategic planning.”
In general, a liveable city refers to a city that fulfils the desire for pleasant outdoor conditions that support and stimulate social, cultural and recreational activity in neighbourhoods.
Relevance to SUMP – SUMP objectives refer to a balanced range of environmental, social and economic issues, all of which can contribute to improved liveability and quality of life.
Source: CIFAL, 2014