Census – A Key Tool for Town Planners

Census – A Key Tool for Town Planners

With the Australian Census recently completed, this blog explores how census information is useful to, and indeed necessary for good town planning.

The Australian Census is an important tool for a wide array of users, for a variety of reasons and census results provide an essential source of information to prepare forward planning strategies. This ensures forward planning strategies accommodate developing trends. Town Planning by nature is a dynamic process that should continually seek to identify and address issues and objectives based on reliable data. That way, appropriate responses can be made and reviews conducted to assess how successful the strategies were at achieving their goal. Perpetual repetition of this process should result in continual improvement in planning policy to meet the needs of the future population. The strategies and even the objectives may need to be adjusted to accommodate the changing nature of the area to achieve the best planning outcomes for the community.

Without the availability of census information, early identification of trends would not be possible and the planning instrument might otherwise just be an arbitrary, theoretical document that is likely to be ineffective.

Read on if you would like to know why the census is a key tool for town planners. 

Queensland Planning Reform Website now Available

Queensland Planning Reform Website now Available

Following on from our June 13 blog post about the new planning legislation being approved by parliament, the Queensland government has just release their new 'Planning Reform' website to provide resources for industry participants to get up to speed with how the new planning system works before it comes into force mid-2017.

The Planning Reform website is packed with useful information covering every aspect of the new system with section on the SystemPlan Making, Development Assessment, Dispute Resolution, News and Events, and Resources

Development Approval Conditions

Development Approval Conditions

Conditions of development approval specify how a development is to be carried out, usually with the intent to protect or reduce impacts on the environment and amenity of the surrounding area and to ensure that the proposed development is adequately serviced by all necessary civic infrastructure. Conditions generally consist of an action to be carried out and the timing for that action to be undertaken. If neither reasonable nor relevant, conditions may be changed or removed.

This blog outlines the rules under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) for setting conditions on development approvals, so read on if you wish to better understand the logic behind and the limits to development approval conditions.

New Planning Legislation Passed by Queensland Parliament to Commence Mid-2017

New Planning Legislation Passed by Queensland Parliament to Commence Mid-2017

On 12 May 2016 the Queensland Parliament passed the Government's suite of planning reform legislation which is due to commence mid-2017.

Consultation website launched by the Qld Government for South East Queensland Regional Plan Review

Consultation website launched by the Qld Government for South East Queensland Regional Plan Review

A community-orientated consultation website has been launched by the Queensland Government to guide the development of a revised South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).

How to Expedite DA Processing Time-frames

How to Expedite DA Processing Time-frames

Nobody likes delays. Time is money and that’s certainly true in property development. Holding costs are usually incurred on property prior to the development being complete (i.e. the property is vacant and does not generate an income or the costs of holding the property cannot be recovered by the income). The holding costs also includes ‘opportunity loss’ which is the lost income if the money was to be invested in a lower risk investment option such as a term deposit instead. Therefore, it is usually a priority for most persons involved in property development to get through the process as quickly as possible. In this blog, we highlight the most common delays to Council processing times for development applications (DA) so that you’ll know how to minimise this part of the process. 

Community Consultation in Planning: How the needs and desires of the community are represented in the planning system

Community Consultation in Planning: How the needs and desires of the community are represented in the planning system

Following on from our previous blog where we outlined the role of a town planner in the Queensland town planning system, this month’s blog looks at the (statutory) community consultation aspects of the system. We explain the stages and opportunities available for you to get involved and have your say on planning and development matters in the State of Queensland. Read on to discover how and when you can ensure that your say can have maximum effect.

Town Planning in a Nutshell – It’s Sort of Like the Game Sim City…

Town Planning in a Nutshell – It’s Sort of Like the Game Sim City…

"What is town planning and what does a town planner do?"

“Do you know the game Sim City?”

“Yes.”

“Well, town planning is a little bit like that.”

This is my usual response to the inevitable question after stating what my profession is when meeting someone new...

Most people know the game Sim City and although it is an oversimplification, it provides a nice representation of town planning (and makes it sound a bit fun?).

So if you have ever wondered: “what exactly does a town planner do?” Then continue reading this article. The purpose of this article is to provide a high-level overview of the roles and responsibilities of town planners in the various parts of the planning system in Queensland (our home State).

To begin, the town planning profession is known by several names, all of which aim to describe what we do collectively. These include: urban planning; urban and regional planning; land use planning; statutory planning, city planning and more. The names differ around the world but the roles are fundamentally the same.

Public Consultation for the Draft Redland City Plan 2015 closes 27 November 2015

Public Consultation for the Draft Redland City Plan 2015 closes 27 November 2015

Redland City Council's Draft City Plan 2015 was released for public consultation on 14 September and will end 27 November 2015. If you require assistance to determine how the new planning scheme affects your property, and to prepare a properly made submission on your behalf, please contact us.