Planning System Needs to Look at the 'Big Picture'

Officials in Melbourne, Australia, are so frustrated with the city's lackluster planning process that they are pushing for the creation of a new planning authority -- one they hope will look at the "big picture".

"Two separate government inquiries are about to call for a new metropolitan planning body, which would involve both the State Government and local councils ceding some planning control."

"The findings are a response to a widening view in property, planning and architectural circles that both the Government and councils struggle to take a metropolitan-wide view of planning when under pressure from either big developers or powerful resident interests."

Full Story: 'Big picture' metro planning authority possible

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