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Green around the gills? The challenge of density for urban greenspace planning in SEQ


Byrne, J and Sipe, N and Searle, G, Green around the gills? The challenge of density for urban greenspace planning in SEQ, Australian Planner, 47, (3) pp. 162-177. ISSN 0729-3682 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07293682.2010.508204


Australian cities exhibit a quality of life arguably among the best in the world, but rapidly expanding populations may soon threaten this status. The burgeoning conurbation of South East Queensland (SEQ) is an example. Recent growth management policies and plans (e.g. South East Queensland Regional Plan and local authority growth management strategies) have sought to curtail urban sprawl through urban footprints, growth management boundaries, urban consolidation, and other measures. The ‘density imperative’ presented by these collective urban policies affects the sourcing, provision and management of open space in inner-city locales in SEQ which may soon run out of land for parks and urban greenspace. This paper presents results from recent research into the environmental equity dimensions of providing urban greenspace in SEQ. Critiquing the longentrenched parks-standards approach, the paper offers a ‘needs-based’ alternative, and considers its utility for SEQ and other fast-growing Australian urban areas. Questioning orthodox planning perspectives about who lives in higher density areas, we argue that local and state governments should look towards a variety of new types of green and open space to meet the needs of existing and future residents living in denser built environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban parks, greenspace, growth, consolidation, healthy cities, sustainability, infrastructure
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125274
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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