Spatial planning and changing landscapes: a failure of policy in peri-urban Victoria, Australia

Llausas, A, Buxton, M and Beilin, R 2016, 'Spatial planning and changing landscapes: a failure of policy in peri-urban Victoria, Australia', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 59, no. 7, pp. 1304-1322.


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Title Spatial planning and changing landscapes: a failure of policy in peri-urban Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Llausas, A
Buxton, M
Beilin, R
Year 2016
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume number 59
Issue number 7
Start page 1304
End page 1322
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Building on the scientific literature, this article first summarises the socio-environmental impacts of land-use change expected to occur in high amenity Australian peri-urban areas, involving in particular, the effects of land development on agriculture, biodiversity, landscape character, bushfire risk and social factors. Second, the current spatial planning framework and its distribution in seven municipalities in Victoria, Australia, is critically analysed, and records of approved planning permits are related to this framework to assess the challenges posed by peri-urban growth. We argue that the current planning framework supports a static approach which does not address foreseen challenges and lacks strategic power. Both the strategic framework and the development approval process lead to unanticipated, cumulative impacts and contestation. A more coordinated, less urban-centric approach to planning and the introduction of rural land-use plans would substantially address some of the issues encountered.
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
Urban Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) local planning scheme
planning permit
planning zone
rural landscape
strategic vision
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09640568.2015.1074888
Copyright notice © 2015 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
ISSN 0964-0568
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