26 JAN 2021
Participatory planning has been discussed and applied since the 1960s, but debates about best practice approaches, barriers and challenges, and democratic legitimacy are still ongoing. In recent years, new participatory models such as co-design and urban living labs have informed the debates about participation. But key questions around the governance of participation remain: who should participate, who can moderate and drive the process and how should participation be conducted? What are the practical implications of participatory planning to build resilience of the communities? The aim of this research is to respond to these questions by exploring the governance of participatory planning as it relates to building community resilience in residential and mixed-use developments.
This research is informed by five case studies of development projects in Melbourne that represent a range of innovative forms of participatory planning, including community-led, developer-led and government-led models. The report concludes with the social implications of these alternative development approaches and presents key lessons for the successful delivery of participatory planning processes.
This report was authored by Bilal Ayub, Nader Naderpajouh and Rita Peihua Zhang, of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Sebastian Fastenrath and Lars Coenen, of the University of Melbourne; and Alison Whitten, of Resilient Melbourne.
This research was funded by the RICS Research Trust. As of the end of January 2021, RICS Research Trust became fully independent of RICS, and has been rebranded as the Property Research Trust. Find out more here . The Trust supports and promotes high-quality independent contributions to knowledge in the disciplines of land, real estate and construction.