Melbourne Event: Exploring Social Planning within the Planning System

Posted October 17, 2023

SGS Economics and Planning Social Planningevent

This event was held on Thursday, 2 November 2023

    Join us for the opportunity to participate in a discussion about the challenges faced by social and land use planners when it comes to considering social issues in the planning system.

    Calling for a paradigm shift, the session will put forward the proposition social planning is still failing to find its voice in land use planning; however, it should be at the core. In this event, we will discuss how to reshape land use planning to prioritise and integrate social planning as a fundamental component for sustainable and inclusive development.

    Hear from SGS experts Stephen Rowley and Jo Noesgaard, joined by John Rantino from Maddocks, as they discuss topics such as the Victorian planning framework, legal approaches to social planning in land use, and social planning within the context of local government, followed by a Q&A facilitated by SGS Associate Jess Buckley.

    The event will begin as Stephen Rowley sets the scene, focusing on: How social planning is currently considered and inherent dilemmas

    • The existing tools in the planning scheme that can respond to social impacts
    • The legal context for considering social impacts in the planning system

    This will serve as the launch pad for an in-depth conversation about: What other tools we can use to guide decision-making and consider social values

    • How can we bridge social and land use planning to achieve desired social outcomes?
    • Practical examples of good practice

    Who's this event for?

    This free face-to-face event is for local government officers and senior executives who work across social, community and land-use planning. Places are strictly limited.

    SGSEP Social planning panel

    Stephen Rowley has more than two decades of experience as a planner, working across the public and private sectors. His expertise spans regulatory design, statutory planning, built-form controls, policy implementation, and more. He is a recognised expert in the Victorian planning system, having written the standard text The Victorian Planning System: Practice, Problems and Prospects, the second edition of which was published in June 2023.

    Jo Noesgaard is a planner with a drive to shape communities that are accessible and equitable for all. Jo joined SGS after a successful career in Victorian Local Government. She has a deep knowledge of social planning, community health and wellbeing, infrastructure and services planning and housing policy and has qualifications in public health and urban planning and environment.

    John Rantino has nearly 40 years of experience, primarily dedicated to serving state government, statutory authorities, and local government entities. His expertise spans governance, planning, and enforcement matters. He guides his clients on complex governance issues, offering guidance on policies, and navigating intricate regulations.

    John's courtroom expertise is well-established, having appeared before various judicial bodies, including VCAT, tribunals, planning panels, and courts. His remarkable track record reflects his dedication and advocacy for his client interests.

    His accolades include recognition by Best Lawyers Australia since 2013 for Public Law, since 2014 for Planning and Environmental Law, and since 2016 for Government Practice. In 2022, he has been honoured as 'Lawyer of the Year - Melbourne' for Planning and Environmental Law. Additionally, Doyle's Guide has listed him as 'preeminent' in Leading Town Planning & Development Lawyers – Victoria in 2022 and 'recommended' in Leading Environment & Climate Change Lawyers – Victoria in 2023.

    Jess Buckley is an urban planner who believes in cities and public spaces that are inclusive, equitable, healthy and sustainable. Jess wants to plan spaces that have people and communities at their heart. Through needs assessments and local infrastructure plans, Jess aims to provide the necessary social infrastructure for communities to thrive. To respond to communities changing needs, Jess believes in a creative and innovative approach to community infrastructure planning. To ensure that cities are inclusive, Jess sees social and affordable housing as a crucial part of urban planning.

    This event is being held jointly by SGS Economics and Planning and LGiU Australia.

    LGiU Australia is a local government think tank committed to an innovative and sustainable local government sector. As a member-led organisation, its purpose is to share ideas and best practices, encourage innovation and collaboration, and develop research that drives the sector forward. LGiU Australia is a partnership between SGS Economics and Planning and not-for-profit think tank LGiU.

    SGS Economics and Planning is an urban and public policy advisory and certified B Corp. We work so that all Australians can benefit from equitable and sustainable cities and regions. Our evidence-based insights help to understand how places and economies function, assess what projects and programs work, and plan future places and precincts.


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