Urban planning

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City planning
Urban areas
Urban design
Urban development
Urban policy


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The State of Australasian Cities Conferences Collection holds the catalogue of presented papers at the SOAC national conferences, from 2003 - 2019 under the aegis of the Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
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The Victorian Planning Policy Repository contains strategies, reports, evaluations and other resources from local and state government planning departments, as well as from private practice and academia, to support the work of professional planners in Victoria.
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Not according to plan: exploring gaps in city climate planning and the need for regional action

This report attempts to better understand why cities are failing to meet their targets and what can be learned from the planning practices that are working well. By evaluating the most comprehensive decarbonisation plans across 50 of America's largest cities, the report judges how well...
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Principles for healthy urban development

In this paper, the authors discuss the principles for healthy urban development and its connections with health, wellbeing and equity. They also describe how good urban design can protect and promote health, and improve health, equity and disability outcomes.
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Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth

This report brings together three separate research projects to examine the capacity of Australia’s smaller cities to assist in managing population growth, including international and national migration. It also provides advice on which policy instruments and programs are most likely to redirect population movements to...
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The economic dynamics and population change of Australia’s regional cities

This research investigates patterns and dynamics of population, migration and economic change in Australian regional urban centres 2011–2016 through the changing economic profile and performance of Australia’s regional urban centres. It also assesses how demographic and migration patterns are shaping and responding to economic change.
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Addressing infrastructure inequality: a path to equality for Melbourne’s outer suburbs

This report examines the unique mix of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne. It identifies the primary geography of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne, notably in its outer suburbs and the Interface Council areas.
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Inquiry into the protections within the Victorian Planning Framework: interim report

This report on the Inquiry into the protections within the Victorian Planning Framework is the result of extensive research and consultation by the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee at the Parliament of Victoria. This interim report is based on a review of the issues...
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Staged releases: peering behind the land supply curtain

This report investigates the rate of lot sales in nine major master-planned housing developments. The research reveals a 'staged release' approach that responds to price growth, but appears crafted to avoid supply-led price declines.
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The liveable metropolis

This is a research report about cities that deserve more recognition and more attention, especially in a world that is rightly considering the changing roles or characteristics of urban centres in a COVID-19 affected environment.
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The playful parklet: a research report for the City of Stonnington

In 2021, researchers from RMIT University developed a 'playful parklet' - a small, portable public space for free public use that can be temporarily installed on kerb-side car parking spaces. This report evaluates the success of the project.
Conference paper

What is a 20-minute neighbourhood and what might make us all care?

Several capital cities in Australia, albeit to differing degrees and scope, have been embedding local living policies in their metropolitan strategies. This paper's comparative overview of such policies from Australia and overseas, identified salient differences and commonalities.
Journal article

Access to and quality of neighbourhood public open space and children’s mental health outcomes: evidence from population linked data across eight Australian capital cities

This study examines access to and quality of public open space and young children’s mental health across eight Australian capital cities using a unique population linked dataset, the Australian Early Development Census—Built Environment.
Conference paper

Can planning incentives deliver affordable housing in our cities and regions? Evidence from NSW

This paper examines evidence of the outcomes of a NSW planning policy that provides a state-wide density bonus for infill, multi-unit housing projects that dedicate at least 20% of gross floor area for affordable rental housing.
Conference paper

Beyond ‘mobility reductionism’: striking new paradigms for the wellbeing of Wheeled Mobility Device (WMD) users in the public realm

This presented paper is an exercise in reforming policy planning on disability and ensuring the participation of WMD users in communities. It is critical of the conventional placemaking approaches that focus solely on meeting mobility needs and are ‘mobility reductionist’.
Conference paper

Growing pains: the crisis in Melbourne’s growth area planning

This paper examines the governance failures which have led to this failure of planning in Melbourne’s growth areas. It shows that none of the objectives of the Victorian government’s Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines are being met and demonstrates how the design of residential areas and...
Conference proceedings

City movement and infrastructure: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Our cities need big thinking, new conceptual and methodological practices, as well as research and advocacy to place just infrastructure transitions at the centre of urban and regional planning. To that end, this track includes research outputs that address these complex challenges.
Conference proceedings

Keynote papers: SOAC 2021 conference abstracts

SOAC 2021 and these conference keynote papers focused on urban and regional transitions in the COVID-recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice.
Conference proceedings

City governance and structure: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Dominant modes of decision-making regarding city form and function are not easily disrupted. Assumptions about the cultures of city life, the motives of powerful actors in shaping cities and city futures are embedded in socio-political discourses and may seem largely immutable. However, cities do change...
Conference proceedings

City health and liveability: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Papers in this track bring together academics, tertiary students, policymakers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to explore how our cities are impacting health behaviours, risk factors and outcomes, and how cities can be more resilient and equitable in the decades ahead.