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URP2002 Local Government Planning Practice and Technology

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Paula Grant


Local government is a key stakeholder in urban and regional development. Planners require an understanding of local government’s role and responsibilities in the planning process as well as the planning practices and technologies implemented by local governments.

This course will cover the controls and procedures used by local government in the development of their communities. The details of the development assessment process along with community engagement, communication, negotiation and ethical considerations associated with planning submissions will also be covered.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the essential elements to a planning scheme;
  2. Explain in detail the development assessment process and the statutory time limits associated with that process;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the powers and responsibilities Local Government Authorities;
  4. Explain how technology can be applied to facilitate the planning process;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of community engagement strategies;
  6. Prepare planning applications suitable for submission to a Local Government Authority;
  7. Apply knowledge of the post approval stage including negotiation and the application appeals process;
  8. Demonstrate an ability to learn from experience by reflecting on the design and communication processes used during the completion of assignments.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning and urban design at local government level 5.00
2. Technology and local government planning 10.00
3. Ethics and communication in local planning 10.00
4. Community consultations and community organisations 10.00
5. Planning schemes 10.00
6. The development assessment process and types of assessment 35.00
7. Compliance and operational works 10.00
8. Negotiations and appeals 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

No text is prescribed.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,8
Assignments Written Report Yes 30 5,6
Assignments Oral Debate or moot No 30 2,3,4,8
Assignments Written Planning document A1 of 2 No 10 7,8
Assignments Written Planning document A2 of 2 Yes 20 7,8
Date printed 2 July 2022