Liveable Yarra - planning for the city's future using a deliberative process

Stone, Amanda and Andrews, Fiona 2016, Liveable Yarra - planning for the city's future using a deliberative process, in Proceedings of the 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Association for Sustainability in Business, Nerang, Q.L.D., pp. 82-103.

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Title Liveable Yarra - planning for the city's future using a deliberative process
Author(s) Stone, Amanda
Andrews, FionaORCID iD for Andrews, Fiona
Conference name Making Cities Liveable. Conference (9th : 2016 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 27-28 Jun. 2016
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2016
Conference series Making Cities Liveable Conference
Start page 82
End page 103
Total pages 22
Publisher Association for Sustainability in Business
Place of publication Nerang, Q.L.D.
Keyword(s) community engagement
deliberative processes
local government planning scheme
liveable Yarra
people's panel
Summary Community engagement on planning processes is traditionally adversarial,with residents reacting to a development proposal or local amenity impacts.With the significant increase in inner-urban medium-high density developments andsubsequent pressure on physical and social infrastructure, the City of Yarra embarked on anew approach to the rewrite of its Planning Scheme. This paper describes the process by whichthe City of Yarra involved the community to help address some of the dilemmas and trade-offswhich are necessarily part of planning in an inner-urban area.To hear from a broad range of voices and receive informed recommendations, a deliberativeprocess, the Liveable Yarra project was formed. It aimed to have an in-depth two-wayconversation with the community about how Yarra can adapt to the challenges andopportunities brought about by growth and change.A 60 member People’s Panel, comprising a cross section of Yarra’s community, came togetherto learn, debate and provide recommendations to Council on the topics of housing, transport,built form and the local economy. The Panel was supplemented by feedback from a householdbaseline survey, Council’s Advisory Committees and targeted workshops with hard-to-reachcommunities.This was the first time a deliberative approach has been undertaken for a topic as multifacetedand far-reaching as rewriting a Local Government Planning Scheme. It allowed participantsto gain an understanding of the complexity of planning issues and the challenges this presentsto Council decision making. It’s expected that the revised Planning Scheme will moreaccurately reflect community expectations, improve liveability and enhance communityunderstanding of the complex issues faced by Council in planning the city’s future.Furthermore, in describing this approach, along with reflections from those Councillors,planners and community members involved, we hope to provide a model which other councilscould embrace to enhance their existing planning processes.
ISBN 9781922232441
Language eng
Field of Research 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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