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Port Phillip Bay Coastal Planning Project

Hansen Awarded Port Philip Bay Coastal Planning Project

August 9, 2017

Hansen Partnership has been named as the lead consultant for the Port Phillip Bay Coastal Planning Project: Land Use Adaptation, by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

Hansen, a planning, urban design and landscape architectural consultancy, will be working with Arup on the project.  Arup is an integrated multi-disciplinary firm, with an in-house specialist team of climate change specialists and planners.

The MAV has initiated the project on behalf of 10 municipalities that abut the Bay.

The aim of the project is to identify how the planning system in Victoria should deal with the issue of coastal climate change around Port Phillip Bay.

The project is focused on town planning responses, rather than engineering or other physical responses to coastal climate change.  What policies, zones, overlays, permit triggers might be appropriate to apply?  When and where are different planning tools applied?  What planning tools are appropriate to use in different situations?

The outputs of the project will include a Coastal Land Use Planning Guide, local baseline assessments for each municipality and an implementation plan for each Council.

The aim is for the Planning Guide to be prepared by the end of 2017, and the municipal implementation plans to be prepared throughout 2018.

The project follows on from our current work in Port Fairy, where we are preparing a structure plan for the town that take into account how land use planning responds to climate change and sea level rise in Port Fairy.  That project is seen by the State government as a potential pilot project for the planning of other towns and coastal areas affected by climate change.

Other climate change projects Hansen has been involved in that have required a thoughtful and innovative approach to addressing new issues include:

  • Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Project, with ICEM. This project involved working with local communities in the Mekong Delta to identify ways planning in Vietnam could respond to issues caused by climate change.
  • Strengthening Victoria’s Food Bowl, with PSI Delta. Which examined planning and other initiatives that could be used to increase the resilience of Victoria’s prime agricultural areas along the Murray River, and settlements within those areas, to the impacts of climate change.
  • Doncaster Hill Energy Plan, with SBE. Which developed a pathway to zero emissions for the Doncaster Hill development precinct.
  • East Coast Tasmania Sustainable Tourism Project – Which examined creative ways to support sustainable tourism initiatives, given the complexity of planning, environmental and cultural heritage approvals required for tourism developments along the east coast of Tasmania.

Our aim will be to ensure a best practice approach to handling coastal climate change issues in municipal planning schemes, which will be and effective and easy to use tool for decision makers, and easy to understand by the community.

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