In recent years there has been a strong movement back to the values of strategic planning with a greater focus on a vision for our cities together with local strategic planning statements for our areas.
Is this resurgence enough to address the age-old criticisms of planning as cumbersome, bureaucratic and unnecessarily interventionist? How should the planning system of the future go beyond land use and think bigger, more collaboratively and commercially to deliver for the communities, businesses and economies of our future cities?
Sarah will base her lecture on the findings of her academic research, experience running a firm of property economists and planners and as a public servant in two planning jurisdictions. Sarah will share her views on where the planning profession is, and needs to be heading, in order to build trust and relevance in today’s rapidly growing cities.
Sarah is CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission as well Deputy Secretary of in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. She is also a past-President of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia as well as 2016-17 PIA Planner of the Year. Sarah has received two international planning awards including the Mayor of London’s Award for Excellence and the Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning. In 2018 Sarah completed her Doctoral thesis on the economics of planning at the University of Sydney.
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 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.