Planning by rating scheme: genealogy, scales of application and ways forward for the formalised rating approach to urban development approval

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Title Planning by rating scheme: genealogy, scales of application and ways forward for the formalised rating approach to urban development approval
Author Burke, Matthew Ian; Brown, Lex
Publication Title 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference
Editor Patrick Troy
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Nathan, Queensland
Publisher Griffith University
Abstract The use of rating schemes has emerged in recent decades as a popular planning tool to provide means to assess the performance of development proposals in order to meet desired sustainability objectives. This paper seeks to explore the validity of the formalised rating approach and asks whether it is prudent to consider applications for developments of a larger scale. A brief history and genealogy of rating schemes is presented, demonstrating that while the approach has been extended to small scale residential and commercial developments (i.e. BASIX and Green Star) it has not generally been used at the local area scale applicable to planning for comprehensive development sites (master-planned communities, transit oriented developments and other structure plans generally). Key issues with the formalised rating approach are raised drawn from interviews with the creators of particular schemes, persons who have brought schemes through to the marketplace, developers and consultants forced to use ratings schemes as part of development application processes, and planners charged with assessing developments under these frameworks. Issues raised include the variable impacts of particular schemes, the use of minimum standards/benchmarks, and the demands placed on users. Questions are then formed as to where the use of the formalised rating approach is headed and whether it is either feasible or desirable to apply them at the local area scale of urban development.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.griffith.edu.au/conference/soac2005/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2006 Griffith University. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Conference name 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference
Location Brisbane, Australia
Date From 2005-11-30
Date To 2005-12-02
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13415
Date Accessioned 2006-02-27
Date Available 2007-08-17T06:42:42Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Studies
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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