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Submission - RDA Perth Draft Regional Plan (May 2011)

Submission - RDA Perth Draft Regional Plan (May 2011)

The Taskforce's Built Environment Advisory Committee has reviewed the RDA Perth Draft Regional Plan and provided a number of comments for consideration by the Perth Committee of Regional Development Australia.

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General Comments

The Committee is supportive of the partnership approach to evidenced based planning for future population growth to achieve the successful implementation of the strategies and actions contained in the RDA Perth Draft Regional Plan.

However, there appears to be insufficient emphasis and profile based on the relationship between the urban environment and health and wellbeing articulated in the plan. The committee would like to see some reference to health and wellbeing as this is now recognised as a significant driver for land use and transport planning.

There is an accumulating body of evidence which demonstrates the linkages between the built environment and impacts on population health levels.

Under the New Public Health Act, there is a proposal to introduce public health assessments. This is supported by the committee who advocate the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) for the development of policy and the appraisal of planning applications. These determine the physical and social characteristics of neighbourhoods which impact on walkability, access to transport, social contact and recreational facilities influencing physical activity opportunities.

HIA is advocated by the World Health Organisation as a means of providing decision makers with necessary information about how programs, polices, projects or proposals will impact on health and wellbeing matters. HIA is also integrated into the principles of environmental impact assessment for major projects under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999.

Other Areas Covered

Within this submission, the committee has also provided a comment on the following key areas:

  • Transport;
  • Education;
  • Protecting the environment;
  • Economic development and population growth matching job creation and location with residential growth;
  • Density; and,
  • Distribution growth.



Year published: 2011


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