Improved modelling for urban sustainability assessment and strategic planning: local government planner and modeller perspectives on the key challenges

Andre Brits, Matthew Burke, Tiebei Li
2013 Australian Planner  
2 Abstract Many technical and modelling tools are available to support the strategic assessment of land use and infrastructure policy proposals in local government. However, there remains a lack of guidance and confusion as to how modelling may be integrated into the policy-and decisionmaking process or how to practically set-up participatory model-building with practitioners. Although major advances have been made in modelling in recent decades several unresolved implementation issues remain
more » ... practice. This paper provides the results of a panel survey exploring what planners and modellers believe to be key modelling implementation issues, their perceived importance, and a set of modelling requirements. The results suggest planners generally feel they do not understand models and the modelling process, and that modellers, in turn, feel they don't always understand policy development and decision-making. Problems of data preparation were viewed as the most important challenge. Ensuring leadership and management support and initiatives aimed at improving communication and the confidence of participants were perceived as key requirements. Limited resources, leadership support and a lack of education are some of the challenges that are perceived to be important before planners and other government officers can take advantage of modelling.
doi:10.1080/07293682.2013.808680 fatcat:4bx4zq4xmvhz7ntoyzrfcnnie4