Land use planning is as much about equity in access and benefit sharing from development, as it is in place making. Good systems can reduce land and environmental related conflict and provide the certainty and confidence in community development processes, needed for sustainable development. Good land use plans and strategies are built on community engagement and visioning, can accommodate climate change adaptation as well as disaster risk reduction ambitions – and cement agreed pathways for sustainable development.
Our Signature Projects and Work Areas
- Samoa: Vaitele Informal Village Sustainable Land Use Planning Project for the Planning and Urban Management Authority, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa and the UNDP Pacific Governance Programme. Assistance to the Planning & Urban Management Authority (PUMA) to develop and incorporate risk assessment processes and outputs into land use decision processes, using Sustainable Management Plans under the Planning & Urban Management Act, 2005. The situation analysis and evaluation of policy pathways contended with Re-settlement issues and ongoing land use conflict.
- Jindabyne Tourist Town Extension, Strategic Planning Studies and Development Control Plan, for the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority, Roads and Traffic Authority NSW and the Snowy River Shire Council
- Parkhurst North East Master Plan, Rockhampton, Queensland. Environmental planning inputs for the Master Plan developed by Wolter Consulting Group and the Rockhampton Regional Council.
- Niue Land & Marine Resource Use Planning project, Government of Niue and AusAID. Strategic land use planning analysis and development of a decision-making framework including a draft Bill, multi-layer GIS system, Village Local Area Plans and Development Guidelines. This work included coastal risk assessment and vulnerability assessments. Outputs were used to help the Secretary of Government design Niue’s UNFCCC programme;
- Vanuatu: Environmental Planning Approaches to Sustainable Development, a Case Study of the Mele Catchment Area, Efate Vanuatu. This case study used SEA approaches to understand institutional, technological, policy and systems problems in developing communities. ADB and SPREP, 2004. The work was used among other studies to plan an integrated catchment management approach for the Mele and Tagabe Catchments, Efate.
- Jerrabomberra Estates Master-planning, Queanbeyan, NSW. Management and production of Local Environmental Studies (LES) and specific technical studies, structure plan development and finalization of statutory zoning instruments (Local Environmental Plans)
- Project Manager: Master Plan for 70 000m2 Federal Office Development, York Park North, Barton ACT, GHD for Australian Estate Management (AEM)