At the PIA Congress in Brisbane this year a number of YPConnect speakers focussed on active engagement as a fundamental part of what we do. Mitchell Silver asked that we always consider who the subject of a plan really is and what underpins it: people, the environment, democracy, equity...? Sonia Kirby implored the young planners to be fierce and energetic, ‘then do it all again.’ Isabella Allen emphasised the need to meaningfully engage people by not taking too much time and losing your community’s interest. Importantly, she reminded us that planners need to be comfortable with describing what we do, and in using positive language to do so. Amanda Newberry emphasised the need for stakeholder engagement to be easy for the audience. She asked that we consider the effort required for people to attend discussion or drop-in sessions and workshops, often after work. We spoke about the tension between people wanting or needing more time to deliberate, versus the project cycle which often includes a comparatively short period of engagement with stakeholders or local residents.
Kate recently presented at the Regional Development Conference in Canberra on the Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan project. She was joined by Michael Leonhard of the Corryong Neighborhood Centre who discussed some of the exciting initiatives, including a community bakery and community mechanics and training centre, that have been initiated as a result of the project.
The Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan is the outcome of a community led planning project which identifies and explores the implementation of the “game changing” projects for the Upper Murray. The project is unique as it spans the VIC/NSW border.
Brisbane is fast becoming a new world city. As it diversifies beyond a night time economy, the need to connect Brisbane’s precincts and unite the central suburbs will be more important than ever. Looking to the future, there are boundless opportunities to harness existing natural energy to ‘plug-in’ to the urban ecosystem. Photosynthesis in the Digital Age connects Fortitude Valley to the CBD through an Urban Ribbon which incorporates four key themes of this year’s ULI Competition; connected, urban, active and sub-tropical.
Planisphere was recently awarded a commendation in the 'Hard Won Victory' for its work on the Middle Yarra River Study at the State PIA Awards.
The purpose of this study is to achieve consistent development outcomes along the Middle Yarra River to ensure that further development does not encroach on the river’s landscape, environmental, aesthetic, cultural and recreational values. Importantly, the study focusses on management of the interface between public and private land along the corridor.
Spatial planning case studies are an excellent testing ground for new thought. In this article, Phoebe reflects about what we can start to learn from this.
James Larmour-Reid discusses the role of town planners and the challenges of managing various change and development in our urban settlements. In particular he highlights the unique role in which local government plays in achieving positive change for the community.
Value uplift capture is a difficult policy area, but one that cannot be ignored. Until it forms a more accepted part of the Australian planning system, city planning will continue to fall short of society’s expectations. In this third and final instalment of City Planning: A Reform Agenda, Mike explores Value Capture Uplift as a mechanism of planning.
In Mike's second article on City Planning he discusses road congestion pricing and fixed rail public transport investment as an alternative to urban freeways.