Planning Law

Subject 705-345 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 705-219 Planning and Development Management, 100 points of Law subjects, or permission of lecturer
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Paul Mees
Subject Overview:

The course begins with an outline of the structure and content of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The process for preparing and amending planning schemes is examined, followed by the structure and content of planning schemes, using a Melbourne municipal planning scheme as a case study. The planning permit process is discussed, with particular attention to factors affecting the exercise of discretion by planning authorities. This leads to an examination of the appeal process and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, judicial review of planning-related decisions and issues of enforcement. The course concludes with an examination of heritage controls.

Assessment: Written assignments not exceeding 3000 words (40%) and a two-hour examination (60%).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Statutory Planning in Victoria (D.Eccles & T.Bryant), 3rd Edn. 2006
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in research, critical analysis and writing and some experience with group work.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Property and Construction
Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development

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