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Beyond the Edge
Australia's First Peri-Urban Conference

Planning and landscape in peri-urban
Victoria: setting environmen...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Background
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Background

W...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Topics of int...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

A changing la...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

A changing la...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

A changing la...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

A changing la...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Aim
“What are...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Current plann...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Community con...
Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Conclusions
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Beyond the Edge
Australia's First Peri-Urban Conference

Thank you
Albert Llausàs
(albert.llausas@unimelb.edu.au)
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  1. 1. Beyond the Edge Australia's First Peri-Urban Conference Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Amanda LoCascio Melissa Neave Albert Llausàs Ruth Beilin Michael Buxton Claire Collie Francisco Gelves La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus October 1, 2013
  2. 2. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Background
  3. 3. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Background WIP: Housing capacity and demand, demographic trends, migration, journey to work, etc.
  4. 4. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Topics of interest Topography Land use Development pressure
  5. 5. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state A changing landscape Area and condition index of native vegetation
  6. 6. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state A changing landscape 38 endangered Ecological Vegetation Classes loss > 90% in some LGA’s
  7. 7. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state A changing landscape Soils and Primary Production Landscapes
  8. 8. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state A changing landscape
  9. 9. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Aim “What are the trends? Where is the region going in terms of its landscape? Are key assets effectively protected by land use planning? What is the vision for the study area in 2040? Is current planning delivering this vision? Where is it succeeding? Where is it not? What is the vision of residents? Is it different to the one from planners? What needs to be changed?” Land use Biodiversity conservation Water quality and quantity Sustainable agriculture Landscape character To critically analyse how current policy and planning from different sectors and at a variety of scales relate to natural resource management in the study area Improvements in planning OBJECTIVES-LED STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
  10. 10. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning How are the environmental objectives implemented? What are the environmental objectives that are made explicit?
  11. 11. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Explicit objectives Common: per Section 4(1) of the Planning & Environment Act 1987: -to provide for the fair, orderly, economic and sustainable use and development of land; -to provide for the protection of natural and man-made resources and the maintenance of ecological processes and genetic diversity Often not explicitly discussed Focus on native vegetation protection Increase productive capacity of the industry Encourage ecologically sustainable farming practices Supply fresh water to urban, rural and environmental users Limiting polluted releases Hardly mentioned beyond local heritage protection
  12. 12. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation
  13. 13. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation
  14. 14. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation
  15. 15. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO)
  16. 16. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation Approved land subdivisions Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) Approved native vegetation clearings Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO)
  17. 17. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation Distribution of very good condition native vegetation in planning zones
  18. 18. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation Distribution of high potential for biodiversity in planning zones
  19. 19. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Current planning – Implementation Spearman’s rho = -.829 (Sig. = 0.021)
  20. 20. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation Online survey Landscape perception Landscape preference Motivation for living in the area Future expectations Alignment with institutional vision 138 responses Statistics (Descriptive + PCA)
  21. 21. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation Online survey
  22. 22. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation Online survey
  23. 23. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation Online survey
  24. 24. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation Interviews 40 face-to-face (0.5–2 hours) semistructured interviews: 24 residents 9 Landcare groups 3 Local councils 2 Farming organizations 2 Environmental organizations Analysis: Transcription Coding Software-assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
  25. 25. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Community consultation - Quality of the environment is a key factor for most residents - High level of satisfaction but concerns about: Landscape character (linked to loss of wildlife and agricultural decline) Water quantity Intensive agriculture (but support for other farming options) - Future: Population growth and development Decrease of industrial agriculture No environmental improvement - Strong support to further protect landscape character and natural resources. Government seen as passive High level of satisfaction among councils with what is being done
  26. 26. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state Conclusions - Planning works (with omissions) Major improvements: Rural land use capability studies and strategies Define and identify natural resource assets Coordination - Landscape character - Demand for protection of natural resources - Wildlife decline - Agricultural model - Need to update (& upgrade) planning Not addressed comprehensively in current planning Only remnants of high quality native vegetation are effectively protected Planning stuck in old paradigm Reformed Rural Zones
  27. 27. Beyond the Edge Australia's First Peri-Urban Conference Thank you Albert Llausàs (albert.llausas@unimelb.edu.au) Landscape Sociology Group Department of Resource Management and Geography Melbourne School of Land and Environment The University of Melbourne, Building 379, Room 1.57 221 Bouverie Street, Carlton 3053 (VIC, Australia) http://www.periurbanfutures.com/index.php/natural-resources La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus October 1, 2013
  28. 28. Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

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