Use of planning agreements to support sustainability and environmental preservation: A case study from Victoria, Australia

Leshinsky, R 2012, 'Use of planning agreements to support sustainability and environmental preservation: A case study from Victoria, Australia', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 157-172.


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Title Use of planning agreements to support sustainability and environmental preservation: A case study from Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Leshinsky, R
Year 2012
Journal name International Journal of Law in the Built Environment
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 172
Total pages 16
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose - Sustainable values and implementation tools are now more widely included in Australian land use planning and development. Planning agreements are one instrument by which environmental values and preservation can be made more enduring, particularly as planning agreements run with the land. Little has been said about these agreements and the purpose of this paper is to strive to add to the body of knowledge in this area. The aim of this paper is to introduce a contextual framework for planning agreements, drawing on collaborative planning theory and practice. It also demonstrates how planning agreements can been used as a tool to preserve environmental values and principles generally, and more particularly the rich flora and fauna in the surrounding housing estate adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia. Design/methodology/approach - The paper relies on a case study from the municipality of Casey located in the state of Victoria and introduces measures taken, via planning agreements between the municipality and estate developers, to preserve green values and the flora and fauna located in the surrounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Cranbourne. Findings - The case study suggests that, whilst the planning agreements may have established excellent procedure and practice to preserve the flora and fauna at the botanic gardens and in its surrounds, the effectiveness of the planning agreements as an environmental preservation tool has limitations. This may be due to the lack of resources for more effective information dissemination and enforcement. Ultimately, it may have to be left to the goodwill of residents to ensure environmental protection of the botanic gardens and its surrounds is maintained.
Subject Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Australia
Environmental preservation
Environmental regulations
Planning agreements
Sustainability
DOI - identifier 10.1108/17561451211242521
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ISSN 1756-1450
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