BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.
The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees will have covered the ABCs of public office, along with the technicalities of development assessment and urban design.
Most people have an abstract understanding of the serious games of power, money and politics that arise whenever the public sector makes decisions about the use of land, potentially conferring multimillion-dollar windfalls on lucky landholders or developers.
But applying this abstract awareness to the decision-making process structured by planning law requires a level of professional training and responsibility. It’s risky to assume that it can be learned on the job.
Planning without the greed | The Australian.
Demolition of giant storage tanks is the first sign of progress in the largest waterfront development in the history of Auckland.
The tanks have been used since the mid-1970s at the BP Lubricants Auckland production centre at Wynyard Pt, also known as the Tank Farm.
Waterfront tanks starting to come down – 25 Feb 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.
Chula Vista city officials are preparing for a citizens initiative on the June ballot that, if successful, would lock in strict building height limits citywide.
The initiative, sponsored by community activist and real estate investor Earl Jentz, aims to secure a 45-foot height limit for new buildings on Third Avenue between E and G streets, and an 84-foot limit for most other areas east of Interstate 5.
It exempts certain areas near mass transit, and the future site of a planned eastern urban center with an educational campus, high-end retail stores and a technology park.
SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro — Mayor has plan to deal with building height limit.
You don’t care where your kids, and their kids, are going to live and you don’t care about the future of the planet.
Do you really want to tell the rest of the world that this mindset pretty much sums up the collective attitude of Vancouverites?
It looks like a few of your neighbours would like to broadcast just such a message as the debate over EcoDensity reaches a crescendo next week.
No other North American city has been able to focus public attention on a simple high ideal that speaks so clearly to the global challenge we all face, and easily translates into real action in our neighbourhoods to ward off these forces that threaten our quality of life.
We should be celebrating, with a global fanfare, that one of our politicians has done just that.
EcoDensity debate elevates planning to top-level issue – Vancouver Sun.
IT IS the town that promises to help you to stay thin.
The Prince Charles’ Foundation for the Built Environment is planning the new town with more than 300 homes, shops, other businesses and leisure facilities on land near Cumnock in Ayrshire.
But it will be the first in the UK to be specifically designed with the health of its future residents in mind.
The new town, which may be called Knockroon after a nearby farm, will incorporate a range of features to discourage residents from using their cars, and lead them to adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Royal welcome to first ‘Trim Town’ – Scotland on Sunday.
Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.
Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.
MARGATE’S contentious Turner Contemporary is a step closer to getting off the ground, after Thanet District Council granted the project planning permission.
The decision, which was made last night, paves the way for Kent County Council to appoint a contractor.
Work is expected to begin in the autumn and finish at some point in 2010.
Read more @ Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission | Kentonline.co.uk.