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Engaging citizens and communities in urban planning: learning from recent Australian and international experiments

The aim of this paper is to reflect on lessons emerging from the recent Australian and international renewal of interest in engaging citizens and communities in urban planning and development processes.
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PlanFIRST and thereafter: the process of reforming the planning system in neo- liberal climate

This paper looks at the process of reforms to the New South Wales planning framework initiated over six years ago generally referred to as the State government’s planFIRST initiative, against the backdrop of concerns raised in the literature over the trends in defining the role...
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The governance role of councils in urban development: lessons from the USA

This paper provides a new frame of reference for addressing the governance role of councils in ensuring good urban development and illustrates this with examples drawn from a four week study tour of 18 new urbanist developments in the USA undertaken by the author in...
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Public awareness and the politics of urban growth

Using the ADI St Mary’s site to explore long standing issues in the planning and management of urban development, this paper identifies the generic nature of issues such as constraining the scale of development and empowering people in specific contexts, resulting from a complex interplay...
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Urban entrepreneurialism: the case of the office of Western Sydney, 1998 - 2003

This paper explores the record of the Office of Western Sydney, as a thinly resourced and barely empowered institutional mechanism with a nonetheless impressive record, and identifies the strategy of dynamic network creation and utilisation that allowed positive changes to be achieved in developing and...
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Planning under-empowerment and urban over-development in inner Sydney

Exploring the way in which the exercise of power by developers, stemming from superior money-based resources, distorts planning processes, this paper looks at how urban over-development can occur even when planning controls to limit development to levels acceptable to the community are in place.
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Law and governance for the biodiverse city

This paper suggests that Australia’s existing environmental laws and regulations are inadequate to protect biodiversity when it comes in direct competition with determined urban expansion.
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Bringing culture into planning and planning into culture

This presentation considers: culture as the domain of ‘traditions’ emphasising continuities; rapid contemporary change with culture in a dynamic state of flux; innovation in culture, not just in the arts; diversity as an engine of productive change; cultural development as asset orientation; and sustainability with...
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Urban governance, the state and civil society: a critical examination of historical and contemporary debates

This paper examines the changes in policy and governance style favoured by Australian governments from the 1940s to 90s, and the shifts to and away from utilization of the market, government intervention, localism and participation over that time. It proposes a set of “governance technologies”...
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Governance, finance and accountability

This short paper an overview and partial synthesis of the papers presented in the sessions of the SOAC 2003 conference dealing with the theme of Governance, Finance and Accountability. It is intended to contribute to the process of identifying the critical policy and research issues...