Work has commenced on the 'Australian Urban Land Use Planning Policy Monitor ' which will be a comprehensive online database containing baseline information about local urban planning policies across Australia. A Survey will commence in May 2007 and all Australian local government and planning jurisdictions will be contacted by the researchers to participate in this project. Further details are contained in this Circular .
Urban land use plans, policies and regulations exist to manage the environmental, economic and social impacts of growth. Urban land use plans are normally made by local governments and are subject to varying levels of legislative and policy prescription. But we know little about the content of these plans in a collective sense. For example, we don't know how many urban land use plans in Australia aim to achieve ecologically sustainable development or promote affordable housing. Many local planning authorities throughout Australia are beginning to develop innovative approaches reflecting the latest knowledge about ecological sustainability, factors affecting regional economic prosperity, and community health. Currently however we have no systematic approach for sharing and building on this practice.
The Australian Urban Land Use Planning Policy Monitor will be a comprehensive online database containing baseline information about local urban planning policies across the diversity of Australia's 600+ local planning jurisdictions. The data will be recorded in a format that enables comparison across state, territorial and local planning jurisdictions. It will establish a reservoir of local urban planning policy data, informing state and national level appraisals of local practice and revealing areas in need of further policy enhancement. It will also provide a basis for identifying and disseminating leading practice examples and the contexts in which such practice is emerging and likely to be successful. Local governments will be able to use the monitor to lodge examples of successful land use plans and approaches in their area, enabling other jurisdictions to learn from these. As the local government area units for analysis are the foundation of many existing data sets (such as the Australian Census), the Monitor will support much related research. For instance, researchers could use the data to investigate the relationship between sustainable transport policies and journey to work outcomes.
The first Australian Urban Land Use Planning Survey will commence in May 2007. All Australian local government and planning jurisdictions will be contacted by the researchers to arrange the appropriate organisational respondent (local statutory planners) to participate in the online survey. All local councils who participate in the Australia Urban Land Use Planning Survey will have automatic subscriber entitlements. Others can purchase subscriber entitlements (including customised data sets) on an annual basis or request specific data runs for a fixed fee. For further information contact Dr Nicole Gurran, Urban & Regional Planning Program, University of Sydney on (02) 9351 7729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org