Neil Selmon is an urban planner with over 30 years experience in local and state government agencies and in private practice in New South Wales, Australia. He has held senior positions in the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure and in a number of councils. In his private practice Neil provides strategic planning policy advice and planning services to government. Neil has specialised skills in strategic planning and translating strategic outcomes into effective legal planning instruments, development control plans, development proposals and Masterplans. He is a recognised expert in land use permissibility. He lectures on the planning system and land use planning at a number of universities.
Neil was most recently the Director Planning Coordination & Support at the Department of Planning & Infrastructure, responsible for coordinating and finalising delivery of a standardised local plan in all 152 councils in the state. Neil managed the 'Gateway' process making recommendations to the Minister on every rezoning proposal across NSW.
Memberships and Associations:
- International Association for Public Participation (Australasia)
- Association of European Schools of Planning
- Performance Excellence Award – Plan Making and Urban Renewal, Department of Planning and Infrastructure, 2011
Neil is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of design, Building and Architecture, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) investigating central-local government relationships and the tension between hierarchical planning frameworks and local democracy. His research will focus on the move to collaborative planning urban governance processes and the challenges facing local democratic processes, including the Community Strategic Planning process in NSW, operating within hierarchical central frameworks.
- Planning systems
- Strategic planning
- Integrated strategic planning
- Development assessment systems
- The importance of planning theory for planning practitioners