Australia’s cities have shifted from centres of manufacturing and industry to the drivers of a globalised economy fueled by knowledge, creativity and innovation
This shift relies on a host of new cultural enterprises. Unfortunately, existing regulatory systems often lack clear criteria for these new forms of land and building use. Applicants frequently struggle to identify suitable building code and planning classifications, whilst consent authorities struggle to assess the risk and amenity impacts of hybrid, mixed purpose and previously unseen types of activity. With the nation’s creative industries vital to our future, Australian cities need regulatory frameworks which balance this new productive economy with the need to maintain a safe and accessible built environment.
This forum explores how two nations with shared traditions but very different systems of urban governance and planning mediate the supply of new housing, and the roles played by government, planning authorities, developers, property owners and the public in this process.
The NSW government is about to spend a significant amount of money on transport in Sydney. Will it deliver the Sydney we need? Dr Tim Williams gives an overview and answers questions from our panel of transport planning professionals.