CAN A MODELLING EXERCISE BE DEVELOPED TO AID AND FOSTER SUSTAINABLE PLANNING PROCESSES AND GUIDE THE FUTURE GROWTH OF A SMALL COASTAL AUSTRALIAN CITY?
Authors: Herron, Murray ; Rollo, John ; Luther, Mark Brandt
Over the past few decades coastal cities around the world have grown at an incredible rate. With this growth have come major challenges relating to land use planning, social relationships, economic development, bio diversity and the ecological footprint. Three forces are working to influence the growth rate in coastal cities. They include: -population growth (i.e. the type and quantity of human demand for land); the existing and future properties of the land (i.e. current land status or changes due to nature and human activities); and finally technical changes to a land system (i.e. rezoning or the influence of other external factors). The goal of this research was to determine whether a planning framework could model the three (population growth; the existing and future properties of land and technical changes to a land system) variables in order to assist smaller councils undertaking long term land use planning decisions. The test site for the research was the City of Portland in western Victoria, Australia.