The project focuses on residents’ concerns about changing neighbourhoods.
As part of a democratic ethos of public participation in planning, many jurisdictions provide third-party rights of objection and appeal to interested groups. These rights have the potential to influence development approval processes and housing market outcomes and have the capacity to affect the achievement of compact city and social housing objectives.
To this end, the project aims to systematically examine two models of public engagement in planning approval processes. The first model comprises formal third-party objection and appeal rights (TPOAR) and the second model is characterised by ‘fast-tracked’ planning processes that bypass TPOAR to facilitate development.