Examines the crucial role of local government in relation to environmental decision-making, and its powers and functions generally. It provides a comprehensive grasp of planning laws within New South Wales, and provides a critical perspective on these laws. Local government has significant powers over the environment, and additional delegated authority under the Local Government Act 1993.
Topic 1: The planning regime: 'Who decides what in planning law?'
Topic 2: Approval process
Topic 3: Appeals
Topic 4: Enforcement role of local government
Topic 5: Modification of consents and planning instruments continuing and existing use rights
Topic 6: The role and responsibilities of local government
Topic 7: Honesty and disclosure of interests
Topic 8: Funding for councils
Topic 9: Local government functions Part 1: Regulatory and service functions
Topic 10: Local government functions Part 2: Environmental management
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the way in which environmental planning instruments are made||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||evaluate the process of obtaining approval for an activity from local government||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|7||effectively conduct legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.||Communication and social skills|
- Lyster, R, Lipman, Z, Franklin, N, Wiffen, G, & Pearson, L, 2012, Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edn, The Federation Press, Sydney. ISBN: 978 186287 852 5.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||60%|
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