4077ENV: Week 2 Lecture Notes

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  1. Master planning
    • For big development projects
    • Also known as planning partnership
    • From voluntary to statutory in natureInvolves structure and master planning instruments
  2. Development control / assessment
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  3. What is development?
    • 1. Carrying out building work
    • 2. Carrying out plumbing or drainage work
    • 3. Carrying out operational work
    • 4. Reconfiguring a lot
    • 5. Making a material change of use of premises
  4. What development is assessable?
    • 1. Exempt development
    • 2. Self-assessable development
    • 3. Development requiring compliance assessment
    • 4. Assessable development (code or impact assessment)
    • 5. Prohibited development
  5. Dispute resolution and enforcement bodies
    • Building and development dispute resolution committees (BDCs)
    • Planning and Environment Court (PEC)
    • Court of Appeal (CA)
    • High Court (HC)
  6. Offences and Enforcement mechanisms
    • Development offences (p.222)
    • Enforcement notices
    • Third party offence proceedings
    • Enforcement orders (injunctions)
    • Declarations
    • Merit appeals
  7. What is ecological sustainability?
    • Balance that integrates:
    • - Protection of ecological processes and natural systems at local, regional, State and wider levels;
    • - Economic development;
    • - Maintenance of the cultural, economic and physical and social well being of people and communities (SPA, s8)
    • Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) means "using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological resources on which life depends are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased (NSESD)
  8. Bottom Line or Balancing Act?
    The problem with such a prescription [ie. balancing approaches] is that it requires the kind of directive and controlling approach to economic and social activity that must inevitably focus on trade-offs reached in a judicative euphoria. Many still feel comfortable with that approach, usually on the grounds that their view of needs and opportunities will win out on the day. In truth, it is an approach to resource use that is fraught with uncertainties for developers and environmentalists alike (Upton 1995: 25).
  9. Moon’s Analysis
    By removing regulatory structures, forcing decisions to be made within very short time frames, minimising third party appeal rights and reducing opportunities for public to contribute to the development strategies of a region the IPA seems set to to enhance environmental conflict and social disharmony (p.30)
  10. SPA reforms will relate to:
    • Developing an ongoing stakeholder engagement framework
    • Improving the whole of government approach to State planning
    • Improving the consistency and clarity of planning schemes
    • Support and assistance to adopt new infrastructure charging policies
    • Streamlining IDAS
    • Strengthening ADR processes
    • Improving capacity within the planning sector
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