Development Assessment Course
Development assessments are complex. Get the basics on strategic planning, development assessment process and practice, and the principles of the Land and Environment Court in this course.
Development assessment is one of the most high profile activities in local government – and one of the most resource-heavy. This development assessment course explores assessment, urban design and the role of planning law in order to develop essential knowledge and skills.
If you’re new to the industry, or an engineer, building surveyor or environmental officer who work with planners and seeks a deeper understanding of the planning system, this course is for you. Get essential knowledge and skills for effective practice. Learn to balance planning law with local strategic outcomes.
|Duration||Five days (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM — 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
The following content will be covered in this development assessment course:
- The environmental planning framework
- Steps in the development assessment process
- Practicalities of environmental assessment
- Casework applying planning principles to urban and rural settings
- Urban design and merits-assessment
- The role of the Land and Environment Court
At the end of this development assessment course, learners will be able to:
- Articulate the legal frameworks in which planning decisions are made, and their impacts: History of strategic planning, development and subdivision law in New South Wales as well as national and international law.
- Analyse planning instruments such as development control policies, LEP’s and DCP’s, merits based and prescriptive codes and assessment and the outcomes delivered.
- Apply the application and approvals process from pre-lodgement to post approval stage.
- Evaluate merit assessment: Heads of consideration, determining key issues and impacts, stakeholder views, weighting key issues, public domain works, applying conditions of consent utilising key examples and worked case studies, considering conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
- Analyse sources of conflict, approaches for dispute resolution, the role of the Land and Environment Court including procedures, planning principles and case law.
This development assessment course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Who is this course for?
This development assessment course is suitable for individuals working in the building industry and development assessment, including:
- Building surveyors
- Development engineers
- Landscape architects
- Administration staff
- Customer service personnel
- Planners commencing work in development assessment
About the presenters
Dr Danny Wiggins is a consultant planner, facilitator and educator who has worked for all three levels of government and a range of private clients.
Alison McCabe is a consultant planner with over 25 years' experience in statutory and strategic planning for state and local government and private practice.
Luke Murtas is a town planner and lawyer who has worked for local and state government in NSW and the UK, and is currently Manager, Development Assessment at Sydney's Inner West Council.
Guest presenters include Neil Selmon, Jonathan Knapp, Joshua Palmer and Fiona MacColl.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses. Find out more.
In-house training solutions
This development assessment course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
Need more information?
- For course related enquiries and future dates email us or call +61 (02) 9514 7884.
- For enquiries regarding enrolments or payment email us here or call +61 (02) 9514 2913.
This short course is presented by the university's Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate programs and short courses.
What previous participants have said about the course
"I appreciate the hard work that goes into development assessment processes and how the planners contribute to society."
"I've learned about legal appeals and procedures, practical assessment on site and what to look for."
"I've learned about the development assessment process, how it works, and the multiple instruments that can be used. I also learned about the history of development assessment and architecture."