Can planning legislation in New South Wales support adaptation responses to the impacts of climate change in urban areas?: A study of green infrastructure in the Greater Sydney Region
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 23:56 authored by Ana Carolina Napoli Carneiro
Planning laws are essential to managing climate change adaptation in urban areas in Australia. Recently, the focus in New South Wales (NSW) has been on minimising the impacts of climate change on coastal and bushfire prone areas. Yet, the concern regarding the increasing impacts of extreme heat events in urban areas is growing. One of the adaptive responses has been through the development of green infrastructure. This concept is well-known for its multifunctional benefits, which extend beyond mitigating the urban heat island effect and improving air quality. This research explores how planning laws and other mechanisms of governance in NSW can support adaptive responses to climate impacts in urban areas through green infrastructure. Western Sydney, an area within the Greater Sydney Region is the focus area for this study. It has been selected due to its unprecedented urban and population growth, coupled with its escalating exposure to extreme heat events. The study investigates the NSW Government legal framework and instruments for planning, together with local government initiatives that underpin the rapid growth of this region. While this study acknowledges the growing commitment to green infrastructure through plans and policies, it argues for the need for green infrastructure to be incorporated in to the legal framework at state and local levels to support adaptation responses in vulnerable areas to extreme heat. International case studies provide exemplars as to how the law could evolve in the future. This includes the development of planning instruments for increased standards, funding and established responsibility between state and local government authorities.
Table of Contents1. Introduction -- 2. Methodology and limitations -- 3. Climate adaptation in urban areas and the law -- 4. International frameworks and Australia -- 5. Climate adaptation and planning law in NSW -- 6. Green infrastructure in NSW – planning for climate adaptation -- 7. Green infrastructure, funding and the law -- 8. Challenges and opportunities -- 9. Conclusion -- 10. Bibliography.
NotesTheoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 71-82
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Year of Award2019
Principal SupervisorKirsten Davies
RightsCopyright Ana Carolina Napoli Carneiro 2018. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Extent1 online resource (82 pages)
Former Identifiersmq:71034 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1270164
climate changeCity planning and redevelopment law -- New South Wales -- Western Sydneyplanning lawInfrastructure (Economics)green infrastructureadaptationGreater Sydney RegionWestern Sydney (N.S.W.) -- ClimateCity planning and redevelopment lawInfrastructure (Economics) -- Environmental aspects -- New South Wales -- Western Sydneyurban heat