What is Planning

Planning is about creating good outcomes for communities. It is a challenge but planning can produce good outcomes to ensure a sustainable environment is created for current and future generations.

Planning improves the overall well being of people and communities by creating more accessible, equitable, healthy, efficient, and attractive places to live, work, learn and play.



  • create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live
  • ensure adequate housing and services are provided
  • make sure that future generations are given realistic and fair opportunities
  • assist the community, governments and private sector to envision the direction in which their community wants to grow and develop.

Source: Global Planners Network: “The Value of Planning”



Planners play an integral role in shaping our future. Through the creation of a plan, Planners identify the strategies that will achieve the best outcomes for a thriving and engaged community.

Plans can take a variety of forms including: planning schemes and zoning maps, policy recommendations, community action plans, comprehensive plans, neighbourhood plans, laws and rewards to shape people’s actions, heritage preservation plans, redevelopment plans, smart growth strategies, plans to develop our economy and plans for emergencies such as flooding or bushfires.




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