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RP3034: Conference Paper: A data driven collaborative planning approach for developing sustainable medium density housing in cities

Australia’s cities face significant social, economic and environmental challenges, driven by population growth and rapid urbanisation. The pressure to increase the availability of housing, including a move to a more compact urban form, will lead to greater levels of high-density and medium-density stock.

This research is attentive to the lack of medium-density dwellings and associated planning instruments to support and encourage increased medium-density living. It utilises a data-driven collaborative-planning approach, where Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are employed in conjunction with local planners and the community to deliver a collaborative solution. In this paper, we focus on a case study undertaken in the City of Blacktown, Western Sydney. Importantly, this research offers a conceptual framework for future participatory-planning processes, though the actual community participation has not yet occurred.In practical terms, this research has several aims, including: identifying attractive urban-regeneration locations, exploring innovative ways to attract landowners to participate in neighbourhood (precinct) urban-regeneration planning, enhancing community-engagement and stakeholder-collaboration structures, and supporting statutory and local-government processes.

This research contributes to the growing knowledge base in the following areas: identifying suitable areas for medium-density housing, highlighting the necessary governance processes required, establishing data-driven approaches and digital-planning tools that can inform and enhance existing planning processes, and seeking to develop and assist in the application of new planning processes in order to streamline medium-density development. This paper also discusses community-engagement approaches that can enable the co-design process, which complements the use of digital-planning tools.

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