Definition – An objective is a broad statement describing the improvements a city is seeking. Objectives specify the directions for improvement, but not the means for achieving it.
Relevance to SUMP – Public authorities should formulate clear and measurable objectives, together with related targets and indicators that allow monitoring of progress towards the achievement of objectives and assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of the SUMP measures taken. To provide an example, an objective of the SUMP could be to create a city where people feel safe riding their bikes. A related target would be to add 50km of cycle lanes during the total timeframe of the SUMP and an indicator would be the length (km) of new cycle lanes provided per year.
Source - ITS Leeds KonSULT (online)