It is now widely accepted that successful human settlements must be properly planned and a range of statutory and non-statutory controls exist at all levels of government to protect the public interest in the development process. The involvement of individuals and community groups in the preparation and implementation of plans is now considered vital to successful development outcomes.
This course provides an introduction to the planning principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners. A distinguishing characteristic of the course is the use of inter-disciplinary knowledge and techniques in addressing environmental, social and design issues of concern to the community.
To achieve professional demands, the course is broad in its scope and purpose. The common ground between physical, environmental, social and economic disciplines is drawn upon to develop an ability to investigate, analyse, propose and negotiate solutions to development issues within the relevant political, administrative and legislative frameworks.