Addressing a Lost Opportunity: Towards Science-Informed Land Use Planning

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Choy, Darryl Low
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Thackway, R
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2018
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• Post–World War II (WWII), Australia was a leader in the development of scientific information systems to support natural resource management including the assessment of a landscape’s non-urban development potential. • Surprisingly, there was little uptake of these environmental resource mapping initiatives into the land use planning sector, which deals with significant landscape modifications. • Overlooking of this noteworthy development represented a major lost opportunity to better inform the decision-making process through a land use planning process that was based on reliable biophysical science. • Alternative planning paradigms have subsequently emerged that address this lost opportunity and demonstrate the use of science to better inform the land use planning process. • Holistic and environmentally based planning, with a strong nexus between land use planning and environmental sciences, will require a ‘marriage’ between planners and scientists.

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Land use in Australia: Past, Present and Future
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© The Author(s) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License, which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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