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Evaluation of current land subdivision practice using the objective of sustainable development as the criteria


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Quinn, R 1999 , 'Evaluation of current land subdivision practice using the objective of sustainable development as the criteria', Other Degree thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The current land subdivision practice in Tasmania is not meeting the
objective of sustainable development.
Although Tasmania has an example of world1s best practice planning
legislation there are no links between the objective of sustainable
development and the decision making process in regard to land
subdivision. A link between the objective of sustainable development
and the actual planning schemes which govern how land is used is
required. A greater emphasis on how land is used instead of what land is
used for is needed.
Performance based planning schemes are moving towards addressing the
requirements of how developments occur. The legislative process is
fundamental in controlling the outcome of subdivision in order to meet
the sustainable development objective. The outcome of a subdivision is
dependent on how the land is ultimately used. The process needs to be
outcome focussed as many of the consequences of land subdivision are
practically impossible to reverse, particularly in the case of the natural
It is apparent that once the subdivision has been approved it too late to
retro-fit sustainable development principles. The decision needs to be
made at a early stage; can or should this parcel of land be subdivided at
The project has shown that there is a over supply of subdivided land
suitable for residential development which clearly does not meet the
sustainable development objective of the Land Use Planning and
Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA). The reasons for this situation have been
given, along with a historical perspective on the current situation to
better understand the issues involved. This historical perspective also
gives an understanding of what is possible and how circumstances may
be changed.
Clearly, urgent action needs to be taken to prevent the oversupply of land
and subsequent degradation of the environment. The issue of
intergenerational equity is an issue of concern which has not been
addressed or in many cases considered. This issue is of increasing
concern as time passes and present legislation does not consider the
impact of present decisions on future generations.

Item Type: Thesis - Other Degree
Authors/Creators:Quinn, R
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