Planning reform as a catalyst to advance e-planning

Wayne Williamson*, Paul McFarland

*Corresponding author for this work

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The limited research on e-Planning in Australia, a perceived slow take up of e-Planning in the New South Wales (NSW), planning system and the release of a set of e-Planning recommendations as part of planning reform packages in 2007 and 2012 are the main reasons for conducting this research. The aim of this chapter is to determine the current attitude of planners towards e-Planning. To achieve this, the authors undertook to discover the attitudes of planners towards e-Planning. An online survey of planning staff was conducted in 2008. The survey results confirmed that planners in the NSW planning system are using a wide variety of IT applications. Participants demonstrated a strong understanding of e-Planning tools and the wider implications for the planning system. Overall, this research found the attitude of planners to be supportive of new technologies and of the use of e-Planning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging issues, challenges, and opportunities in urban e-planning
EditorsCarlos Nunes Silva
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781466681521
ISBN (Print)9781466681514
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Civil and Industrial Engineering (ACIE)
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2326-6139
ISSN (Electronic)2326-6155


  • Department of planning
  • exempt and complying codes
  • Geographic information systems
  • Local environmental plan
  • Planning reform
  • planning system
  • Public participation
  • Section 149 planning certificate


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