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GEOP212 – Planning and Development

2017 – S1 Day

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ian Sinclair
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
12cp at 100 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit examines the local government approval process, the associated appeals process, the development of Development Control Plans (DCPs), Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs). This planning and development process is examined across a number of local governments within New South Wales as an exemplar of the implementation of the planning process in any jurisdiction. A series of case studies is developed to display the daily experiences of planners working within local government.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  2. 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  3. 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  4. 4. Gain plan reading skills
  5. 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Plan Drawing and Reading 20% 03/04/17
Development Determination 30% 01/05/17
Statement of Env Effects 30% 22/05/17
Attendance 20% Weeks1-13

Plan Drawing and Reading

Due: 03/04/17
Weighting: 20%

This is an in class exam to test your plan reading skills. You will be given 40 minutes to complete this task. It will involve looking at a building plan and using your scale ruler and calculator to undertake a number of measurement and simple arithmetic tasks. You will also be required to interpret an LEP and other planning instruments and comment as to the compliance of the building according to zoning and other controls.

 

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • Gain plan reading skills

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • 4. Gain plan reading skills
  • 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Development Determination

Due: 01/05/17
Weighting: 30%

Attend and prepare a record of a meeting at a local council that determines development applications. This may be a Council meeting, a building and development committee, a planning and development committee or a development assessment panel meeting. You are to consider the process of development assessment in this meeting. Please ensure that the meeting you attend will discuss a Development Application.

(Note the matter may be deferred for another meeting so it is desirable to have an alternative or two and or speak to the assessment officer/author prior to the meeting to see if he or she believes the matter will be discussed).

Your record should include:

 

  1. For your chosen development application (15%)

 

  1. Summarise the development (this needs to be in your own words not cut and paste from the council report)
  2. Discus the current occupation of the site

 

  1. What is proposed

 

  1. What is the land use zoning for the site? You are also required to look up the Local Environment Plan
  2. Referring to the LEP what are the objectives of the zone, what is permitted without consent, what is permitted with consent and what is prohibited in the zone
  3. List of state and local government policies were referred to in the assessment report and why the policy was relevant and how (or not);
  4. A summary of issues raised in the Council officer’s report relevant to the council and other government agencies (if applicable);
  5. What was raised at the Council meeting (public speakers, elected councillors/Panel members and council officers)
  6. Your understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities associated with the DA. This should include at a minimum applicant, development assessment planner, and elected councillors,  neighbours/objectors
  1. Your critical reflections on the process. This should include at a minimum a comparison of what you expected with what you experienced, and any other issues you wish to canvass (10%).

 

 

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

 

  • Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • Communicate effectively verbally and visually

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • 4. Gain plan reading skills
  • 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Statement of Env Effects

Due: 22/05/17
Weighting: 30%

This assessment requires you to prepare a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) for a proposed development on the university campus site. Details of the proposed development will be provided in the Assessment Guide.

There are a number of guidelines on how to prepare a SEE and you should address all relevants heads of consideration. A list of reference guides will be provided in the Assessment Guide.

This assessment should be no more than 10 pages including images, maps, photos and references.

You will work in groups on this project but you will work on separate parts of the SEE individually and be marked on your contribution.

 

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

 

  • Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • Gain plan reading skills
  • Communicate effectively verbally and visually

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • 4. Gain plan reading skills
  • 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Attendance

Due: Weeks1-13
Weighting: 20%

Your attendance in class will be recorded via an attendance sheet which it is your responsibility to sign on the day of the class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • 4. Gain plan reading skills
  • 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Delivery and Resources

The text book for this course is The Environmental Law Handbook, (6th edition) which is available at the Co-op Bookshop. Its details are as follows:

The Environmental Law Handbook, edited by Peter Williams, Sixth edition, Pyrmont, NSW Thomson Reuters Professional, 2016

There are also a number of general texts covering the subject matter of this course, and the important ones are listed below.  In addition to purchasing this text you should also purchase a scale ruler that covers between 1:100 and 1:500.

General texts that would be useful include:

 

Gurran, N., 2011 Australian urban land use planning: principles, systems and practice, Sydney University Press, Sydney.

Lyster R., Lipman. Z., Franklin. N., Wiffen. G., Pearson. L, 2009 Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, Federation Press.

Thompson, S., 2007 Planning Australia, An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning

Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

 

Students will be required to access key NSW legislative provisions covered in the unit:

 

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 as amended;
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation, 2000.
  • Local Environmental Plans and State Environmental Planning Policies

 

Copies of this legislation (including all amendments) are available at:  http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.

Students will also be asked to access information about the standard LEP template, integrated development approvals process, exempt and complying development and strategic planning for Sydney from the Department of Planning and Environment. Go to http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au.

 

Unit Schedule

9am - 12pm on Mondays at C5A 313

Week

Date

Lecture topic

Tutorial

1

27February

Introduction to unit What is development?

On campus view of development

2

6 March

Planning and assessment in NSW Strategic planning, Zoning and LEP

Examination of land uses and permissibility

3

13 March

Statutory planning and the role of environmental planning instruments and Section 79C of the EP & A Act

 

4

20 March

Environmental Planning Instruments

Working through a LEP

5

27 March

Development Control Plans

Architectural terminology; assessing view loss, privacy and overshadowing

6

3 April

Place making and master planning

Masterclass on plan reading and scale ruler and floor space ratios

In class assessment 1 – plan reading and scale ruler

7

10 April

Development Assessment Part 1

  • The Process

 

Mid-Session Break

8

1 May

Development Assessment Part 2

  • Related Legislation

 

9

8 May

Site visit 1 – Priority growth areas Lachlan’s Line North Ryde

Bring scale ruler and handout (from iLearn site) to site visit

10

15 May

Council Process for Assessing a DA

 

11

22 May

Conditions of Consent and the Appeal Process

 

12

29 May

Site Visit 2 – Urban Redevelopment Area to be advised

 

13

5 June

Conclusion and Unit Overview

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments
  • 4. Gain plan reading skills

Assessment tasks

  • Plan Drawing and Reading
  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments

Assessment tasks

  • Plan Drawing and Reading
  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW

Assessment tasks

  • Plan Drawing and Reading
  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments

Assessment tasks

  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 4. Gain plan reading skills
  • 5. Communicate effectively verbally and visually

Assessment tasks

  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments

Assessment tasks

  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 2. Gain an appreciation of the theory and practice of the development approval process in NSW

Assessment tasks

  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.
  • 3. Develop a rudimentary understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments

Assessment tasks

  • Development Determination
  • Statement of Env Effects

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • 1. Develop a critical literacy and first-hand experience in the field of planning and development.

Assessment task

  • Attendance