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GEOP2080 – Planning and Development

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Linda Kelly
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Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the relationship between planning and development, with particular reference to NSW. This is a practice-based unit and provides an introduction to the legal basis for development approvals, various development consent pathways, an analysis of development assessment, and plans that provide the framework for assessment, such as State environmental planning policies, local environmental plans, development control plans. Students will learn to interpret plans and development proposals and understand how controls affect built outcomes.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply critical thinking and practical experience in the field of planning and development.
  • ULO2: Apply skills in the theory and practice of development assessment process in NSW.
  • ULO3: Apply a basic understanding of planning law and relevant planning instruments to development assessment.
  • ULO4: Use plan reading and evaluation skills to solve development problems.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved,

(a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and

(b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Presentation expectation

  • Assessment tasks (excluding quizzes) should be properly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing.
  • Text should be a minimum of 11 point font and line spacing 1.5.
  • When using images, cite the source, provide a label, and refer to them in your text.
  • Proof read your work at least twice.
  • Use Australian English.

Academic integrity

You are encouraged to complete the University iLearn Academic Integrity Module which can be accessed via the unit iLearn site. A link to the Academic Integrity Policy is provided on iLearn as well as in the Policies and Procedures section of this Guide. Individual feedback to students will be provided via Turnitin.

Delivery and Resources

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This unit is taught in a studio/workshop format. It is designed to develop some of the hands on skills you will need as a practicing planner. You will develop skills and acquire knowledge from this unit most effectively by regular attendance.

There are no texts for this unit, however, you are encouraged to read the recommended readings below, as well as additional resources that will be posted on iLearn.

Recommended reading:

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

Jackson, S, Porter, L & Johnson, L.C (2017), Planning in indigenous Australia, Routledge, NY

Lyster, R, Lipman, Z, Franklin, N, Wiffen, G, & Pearson, L (2016) 4th ed.  Environmental and planning law in New South Wales, The Federation Press, Annandale

Thompson, S & Maginn, P.J (eds) (2012) Planning Australia: an overview of urban and regional planning,  Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne

Unit Schedule

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Weekly topics (subject o change)

  1. Introduction to unit
  2. Legal framework for planning
  3. Planning systems: overview and in NSW
  4. Strategic planning in NSW
  5. Statutory planning: Environmental planning instruments - SEPPs
  6. Local environmental plans
  7. Development control plans
  8. Understanding height and scale
  9. Place-making + exploring the nexus between planning & development
  10. DA assessment - Part 1
  11. DA assessment - Part 2

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/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/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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