The evolution of statutory planning in the South Australian countryside
Author: HUTCHINGS, ALAN
Source: Planning Perspectives, Volume 20, Number 2, April 2005 , pp. 211-228(18)
Abstract:For a century, town and country planning has been an important field of public endeavour. Now more commonly known as urban and regional or urban and rural planning, its names have recognized its concern for non-built-up as much as built-up areas; i.e. the countryside. Notwithstanding, little effort was expended there until about half way through the century. This has changed. Rural planning has burgeoned, barely reflected, however, within planning history in Australia. This article addresses this by examining how land-use planning for the countryside has evolved in South Australia since the introduction of the modern form of statutory planning in 1967. It traces the evolution of statutory policy and how it has been informed by concepts such as nature conservation, landscape maintenance, environmental protection and ecological sustainability. It underlines the tensions inherent in a system created primarily to deal with the slower changing urban conglomerate of built form when applied to the countryside where the dynamism of the seasons requires an ongoing land management approach. Experiments in policy planning and legislation are examined and it is concluded that, as in urban planning, ideas of innovation and diffusion are valid.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: School of Geoinformatics, Planning and Building, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: April 2005