The Henry Halloran Trust’s annual lecture, 21 November, has developed a reputation for lively discussion and critical thinking on planning.
This year’s lecture will be no different, with the title “Rezone it and they will come”.
To be delivered by Sarah Hill, one of the top planning bureaucrats in NSW, the lecture comes at a time of intense focus on the profession and its outcomes.
Hill, who is both chief executive of the Greater Sydney Commission and deputy secretary of in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, will focus on the recent movement back to strategic planning. Key in this is a vision for our cities brought together with local strategic planning.
However, will this resurgence be enough to address the age-old criticisms of planning as cumbersome, bureaucratic and unnecessarily interventionist?
“How should the planning system of the future go beyond land use and think bigger, more collaboratively and commercially to deliver for the communities, businesses and economies of our future cities?”
Hill will base her lecture on the findings of her academic research, experience running a firm of property economists and planners and as a public servant in two planning jurisdictions.
She will share her views on where the planning profession is, and needs to be heading, in order to build trust and relevance in today’s rapidly growing cities.