Planning is for communities and no one is more accountable to them than an elected official (a Member of Parliament or Councillor). They are a vital .. Read more part of the planning process. But there are competing interests – not just community, but business. Also the dilemma of representing one’s local constituency interest versus broader Council, Region or State interests. The value of planning in influencing every aspect of our daily lives, our economy and our environment should not be underestimated. Above all, planning is facilitative – it creates spaces, places, economies and infrastructure; it provides the setting for achieving social justice, equity and a sense of community; and it has, at its heart, people and the environment in which they live, work and play. This seminar series celebrates the value that planning, and planners, bring to a variety of topics that impact on the success, resilience and progress of the nation's people, economy and environment.
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