This course will examine legislation, policy and case law relevant to strategic environmental landuse planning and the control of development in Australia. The course will take a thematic and comparative approach to planning policy and law in multiple Australian state/territory jurisdictions rather than focussing on one. As relevant, the role, powers and functions of state and local governments will be examined and case studies will be used to illustrate current environmental landuse planning problems.
The course content falls into three inter-related sections: context, strategic planning and development control.
The context for consideration of current challenges in environmental landuse planning law will be provided through consideration of the history and evolution of planning ideologies, institutions, policy and law in Australia.
The strategic planning module will focus on themes such as: the objectives of planning policy and the role of law in achieving planning goals; balancing private and public interests through planning laws; and planning instruments, techniques and regulatory mechanisms for implementing planning policies.
The development consent module will focus on themes such as: control of different types of development; the continuation of existing uses; the imposition of conditions on development approvals; and, the duties, powers and constraints on approving authorities. As a component of development consent the course will also consider the role of procedural environmental impact assessment (EIA) with a clear emphasis on state/territory based EIA.
Through each topic the role of the community, proponents, government and courts and tribunals in environmental landuse planning outcomes will be examined. The course will provide the opportunity for students to further develop research skills, to engage with others in an online learning environment and to improve their analytical and written communication skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
- Explain and critically evaluate historical and contemporary theory, policy and legal institutions relevant to developing principles of environmental land-use planning law in Australia.
- Compare, contrast and reflect on strategic planning for environmental land-use in Australia.
- Examine, interpret and evaluate the procedures and legal doctrines relevant to controlling development in Australia.
- Collaborate online to compile and recommend research resources relevant to an understanding of and in-depth researching in environmental land-use planning law in Australia.
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of land-use planning law in Australia.
Other InformationThis is an online course (see LLM timetable for dates) which will be conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessments is likely to consist of:
- Three Discussion Forums (3 x 10% = 30%)
- Collaborative research activity (Wiki) (10%)
- Research Essay (60%, 4,000-4,500 words)
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This course will be online.
It is anticipated that the workload required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will be approximately 10-12 hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
This course assumes an understanding of environmental law principles. The course does not assume specific town planning or environmental assessment knowledge.
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