Regional planning for urban water: A practitioner’s case study of theory in practice

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Traditional industry approaches to urban water planning consider the supply and demand equation of quantifying how much water is needed where and when to support future population growth. North East Water piloted a new model, with a lens that embedded other regional drivers in a methodology of planning for growth in urban water services.
A case study for an alternative approach to urban water planning from a practitioner’s perspective is outlined. Charted is some of the history, purpose and methodology for integrating land use and economic development with demographic growth and change at a regional scale. A key reflection made is in respect of the process utilised in engaging with stakeholders and communities of interest.
A discussion and comments on contemporary models of policy development and decision making is offered in light of the case study. Reference is made to various planning methodologies and accompanying project management arrangements utilised by the Victorian State Government in the preceding decade. Wider material from the regional studies literature is highlighted to illustrate some of the benefits gained from an inter-disciplinary planning model as well as opportunities for enhancements of the approach used by North East Water. Suggestions are made as to the potential application of the regional urban water planning model to other spheres of regional planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian regional development conference Coffs Harbour
Subtitle of host publicationConference proceedings
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherAssociation for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781922232588
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017
Event4th Australian Regional Development Conference 2017 - Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Duration: 11 Sept 201712 Sept 2017


Conference4th Australian Regional Development Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleRegional development in a changing world
CityCoffs Harbour
Internet address


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