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Using Geo-Spatial Technologies as Stakeholder Engagement Tools in Urban Planning and Development

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This paper explores the role of stakeholder engagement in metropolitan planning within liberal democracies, such as Australia, and in particular the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geo-spatial Decision Support Systems (DSS) for multi-level negotiations in the urban grey field redevelopment arena. Using the ENVISION toolset, this paper illustrates how spatial technologies can be exploited to bring broad-spectrum data together in a way that enables the key stakeholders in city development (planners and designers, property developers, community residents and representatives of both local and state government) to use their knowledge to better inform discussions on neighbourhood change and redevelopment in the established suburbs of major cities. The rationale behind this approach is that, with wider stakeholder engagement, there is greater potential to achieve a consensus plan for redevelopment which may overcome the community resistance that is often associated with traditional 'top down' urban planning. ENVISION is indicative of a twenty first century planning tool that demonstrates how technology, data sharing agreements and participatory design and development discussions at a neighbourhood scale can be used to deliver more effective stakeholder engagement than is currently available. However, due to existing policies, legislation and financial models, as well as different redevelopment priorities among different stakeholders (profit, conservation, sustainability etc.) the development of tools and strategies for engagement will not necessarily lead to more effective planning, as this paper reveals.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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