Local Government Planning Law and Urban Design for Active Living

By Liesel Spencer.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Published online: June 4, 2014 $US5.00

Public health considerations can be integrated into urban planning at the local council level using relevant law and policy. Human health can be improved by appropriate interventions to living environments. In Australia, as in other developed nations, this is an urgent task in the face of epidemic incidences of chronic or ‘lifestyle’ disease. This article is comprised of a discussion and analysis of how Australian law, specifically local government law, can be used to implement the findings of the existing literature on the relationship between active living (including ‘walkability’) and health; and a case study of the ‘Newleaf Bonnyrigg’ development in Australia. In the Newleaf development the integration of active living guidelines developed on a proven empirical basis (PCAL) were mandated as a condition of development approval.

Keywords: Planning Law, Public Health Law, Local Government, Active Living

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 4, October 2014, pp.12-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 457.320KB)).

Liesel Spencer

Associate Lecturer, School of Law, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia

Ms. Spencer is completing a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her dissertation is a comparative legal geography of urban agriculture law and policy, which proposes legal structures for ‘urban agrarianism’ as a means of mitigating the adverse public health and environmental health consequences of the industrial food system.