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Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government, and the way in which environmental planning instruments are made
2demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land, and of the process for obtaining local government approval for an activity
3critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges
4analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the constitution and structure of local government, and the way in which environmental planning instruments are made
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the application of environmental planning instruments to an existing or proposed development on an area of land, and of the process for obtaining local government approval for an activity
  3. critically evaluate the existing system of planning and emerging challenges
  4. analyse and apply in any given factual situation the law with respect to the processes of local government decision-making.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Exam: open book60%
Essay40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Exam: open book60%
Essay40%
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