Sustainable development and land use planning in Queensland: poles apart?

Cassidy, Colin (1993). Sustainable development and land use planning in Queensland: poles apart? Other, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Cassidy, Colin
Thesis Title Sustainable development and land use planning in Queensland: poles apart?
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1993
Thesis type Other
Supervisor Jurek Kozlowski
Total pages 191
Language eng
Subjects 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Formatted abstract
Our continuing quest for development is having a widespread and deleterious impact upon the environment. This impact is reaching the point where it is threatening not only ecological but also our economic and social activities. Continuation of the current approach to the environment and development is not acceptable and is not sustainable into the future.

This study advocates the integration of conservation and development into the land use planning process to achieve development which is sustainable. The interrelationships between economic, ecological and social systems require that sustainable development be considered in a pro-active and anticipatory manner.

Land use planning (and particularly strategic planning) offers significant opportunities for promoting the principles of sustainable development. Strategic Plans are the key tool used by local authorities in Queensland to regulate the location, timing, scale and nature of development. Therefore, it is the finding of this study that the prime role of strategic planning should be to ensure that development is ecologically sustainable. Subsequently strategic planning should integrate development with the other social and economic objectives of the community.

This study shows how the current strategic planning process should be modified or added to, to promote the key principles of sustainable development.

This modification of the current strategic planning process involves the incorporation of ecological principles from the outset through the identification of appropriate techniques and processes and the incorporation of environmental impact assessment (EIA) during the preparation of the plan.

It also recognises the need to incorporate monitoring and review processes. Other modifications to the strategic planning process include a pro-active role for the community and the State Government.

Many of the proposed modifications can be incorporated into the existing strategic planning process relatively easily. They are achievable through the basic application of approaches such as environmental, social and economic assessment of alternative development options.

The resultant benefits of even the most basic application of these recommendations is expected to have significant benefits for the environment.
Keyword Regional planning -- Queensland
Land use -- Queensland
Environmental policy -- Queensland
Sustainable development -- Queensland
Thesis -- MUrb&RegPlg

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