UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PLNG4404 Statutory Planning

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of the key professional administrative frameworks, planning instruments, procedures and processes associated with the Western Australian (WA) planning system at both the local and state government levels. Specifically, the unit examines a range of issues including (1) defining statutory planning; (2) the historical evolution of statutory planning system and key instruments in WA; (3) the process of subdivision within different land use zones; (4) the development, function and purpose of planning schemes; (5) the development approval process; (6) residential design codes; (7) coastal planning regulation; and (8) regional planning. These various aspects of administrative planning provide the practical foundations of professional planning practice, particularly within the domain of statutory planning which is the regulatory arm of local and state planning practice.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the broad administrative planning frameworks and instruments within WA, especially in relation to planning schemes, development control and subdivision matters; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the function, role and relationship between state and local government planning agencies within the WA planning system; and (3) undertake graduate-level planning administration duties as they relate to planning schemes, development assessment and/or subdivision applications within local and/or state government.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) two statutory planning quizzes (10 per cent each); (2) discussion paper (25 per cent); (3) due diligence report (25 per cent); and (4) examination (30 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Neil Foley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in Urban and Regional Planning Honours (HON-URPLN) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of Landscape Architecture (25550) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Contact hours 4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PLNG4404/TS-TP-2/2017

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