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Jamie Brady

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Western Australia Community > Social Change
Environment > Sustainability
The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to better manage the interface between industrial development and expanding residential communities - UK, Netherlands, France, Canada, USA, Singapore
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The key findings of my Fellowship are summarised below:

  • Planning decisions regarding land use conflict involve competing interests that generate highly emotional and contentious debates and require economic, social, safety and environmental interests to be effectively balances. Managing the interface between industry and the community therefore requires the exercise of political, rather than purely technical, decision making. 
  • The strength and breadth of planning mechanisms used to manage the interface between industry and the community varies significantly between jurisdictions reflecting the broader political attitudes of the area as well as the local community’s acceptance of impacts and risk. 
  • The free market approach to land use control, which relies solely on monitoring and compliance to prevent land use conflict, is generally ineffective and results in inequality and social justice issues.
  • Strong planning guidelines and policies should be provided at the State and/or regional level to provide a consistent approach to managing land use conflict between industry and the community. State and/or regionally significant infrastructure and industry should also be protected by buffers enforced by State and/or regional level planning Page 6 of 65 tools to ensure planning by local governments appropriate considers the strategic importance of these land uses. 
  • Identifying clear statutory industry buffers at high levels of the planning framework is the most effective approach for protecting industry and the community and providing long term certainty for industry and other landowners. 
  • Planning should also identify appropriate compatible land uses in buffer areas to promote the efficient use of land while preventing land use conflict. 
  • Western Australia’s centralised zoned-based planning system provides the best framework to manage the interface between industry and the community effectively.

 

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