PLNG4404 Statutory Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of the key statutory (legal) and related non-statutory planning frameworks, planning instruments, procedures and processes associated with the WA planning system at both the local and state government levels. Specifically, this unit examines a range of issues including (1) defining statutory planning; (2) the historical evolution of the statutory planning system and key instruments in WA; (3) the land tenure system and its implications for planning; (4) land subdivision and strata subdivision (5) the development, function and purpose of planning schemes; (6) the development approval processes; (7) planning for housing including the residential design codes; (8) planning issues relating to retailing, transport, urban design and other matters; and (9) regional planning. These various aspects of planning provide the foundations of professional planning practice, particularly within the domain of statutory planning which is the implementing arm of local and state planning.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests: two statutory planning quizzes (10 per cent each) and a major end of unit test (30 percent); (2) discussion report (25 per cent); and (3) due diligence report (25 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
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.
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