Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe and explain the framework for local plan making
  2. examine the implementation of local planning including the assessment, control and guidance of development through regional, state and local legislation and plans
  3. apply logical processes, and search databases, to analyse the factors which impact on local communities
  4. demonstrate critical and creative thinking for future planning scenarios
  5. work in groups utilising the strengths of each member and effectively communicate ideas, concepts and solutions both orally and in written form.
    • Overview of the Local Planning system in Australia
    • Local Planning and Data Collection
    • The Planning Framework
    • Expanding the Relationship: Local Planning Strategies and Local Planning Schemes
    • Exploring Local Planning Strategies
    • Local Planning Schemes
    • Local Planning Schemes Provisions and Development Control: Part I
    • Local Planning Schemes Provisions and Development Control: Part II
    • Development Standards
    • Assessment Methods
    • Report Writing
    • Future for Local Authorities and Local Planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming


This subject is a prerequisite for another subject and must be taken prior to URP560 Integrated Plan Making.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

Examines the framework for local plan-making. Tools and mechanisms including data systems, local planning strategies and schemes, legislation and the implementation of local planning are explored.

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  • Profile and key issue papers (30%)
  • Local Planning Strategy/Town Planning Scheme (40%)
  • Development Control Exercise (30%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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