Planning and Environment Paper: Queensland's Regulatory Quagmire: The dark side of planning - May 2012

Queensland's planning system is weighed down with prescriptive regulation, and has reached the point where it is no longer able to respond in a timely way to economic, demographic and social changes. This has been reflected in the emergence of parallel planning systems to deal with emerging societal issues such as natural disasters and the decline in affordable housing.

In this paper, presented to QELA's annual conference in May 2012, partner David Nicholls explores these issues and calls for reform to Queensland's planning system to restore its flexibility and capacity to deliver performance or outcome related decisions.

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