University of Technology Sydney

48850 Environmental Planning and Law

6cp; block
Requisite(s): 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Degree owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Honours Embedded owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Degree owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Honours owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Degree co-owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in Bachelor's Combined Honours co-owned by FEIT OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10384 Bachelor of Science Analytics OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10411 Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10412 Bachelor of Management Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment OR 87 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10228 Bachelor of Marine Biology

Undergraduate

Description

The objectives of this subject are: to introduce key environmental law relating to water, waste, energy, land use, biodiversity conservation, and global warming; to give a sound understanding of the history and evolution of environmental law and how it underpins development planning with particular emphasis being placed on the NSW experience; to develop awareness of planning legislation in NSW and the need to engineer within the constraints of that legislation; to provide knowledge of the planning process and constraints on land use planning; to develop skills to identify and deal with legal problems confronting engineers in industry; to develop the capacity to communicate when dealing with legal matters relating to the environment and land use planning; and to equip students with conceptual and technical understanding of environmental law and environmental planning and to develop skills necessary to deal with environmental issues and anticipate the evolution of environmental planning practice. This helps students to effectively interact and collaborate with legal practitioners in their future work. Students are exposed to the following topics.

  • Environmental law: the operation of the Environment Protection Authority of NSW, key environmental legislation (such as Protection of the Environment Operations Act, Clean Waters Act, Waste Minimisation Act, Clean Air Act, Noise Control Act, Biodiversity Conservation Act), miscellaneous environmental legislation addressing pollution issues (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act, Sydney Water Corporatisation Act), and selected court decisions relating to pollution and land use issues (Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997).

  • Environmental planning: evolution of human settlement, NSW environmental planning legislation, urban planning and sustainability, planning the neighbourhood, development control processes and development control case studies, environmental studies, environmental impact assessment in NSW, project control and the environment.

During tutorials, students discuss environmental law and planning issues using case studies. Students present a discussion paper on an environmental issue of an engineering nature, which assists in developing communication skills. Examples are drawn from classic law cases around the world, examples from high profile cases in Australia, and major planning exercises in NSW.

Typical availability

December session - Block, City campus


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