Planning Law, Strategic and Statutory Planning

ARC80007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit for students to develop an understanding of key legal and governmental principles, frameworks and application processes underpinning urban design and planning, and build an understanding of approaches for development, implementation and administration of urban propositions through the structures and frameworks of local Strategic and Statutory planning laws.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Understand broad legal principles, theories and application of a range of governance systems and policies
2. Interpret the key legal and governmental principles, frameworks and application processes underpinning planning, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law and governance systems.
3. Select from strategic and statutory planning as well as urban design plan-making processes and implementation techniques, appropriate to a range of scales.
4. Critically apply evidenced-based planning theories to problem identification, investigation and resolution
5. Review controls, planning regulations and policies which facilitate improvement and management of urban spaces and urban design outcomes.
6. Broadly understand statutory processes associated with plan-making, implementation and administration, the principles and practices of legal interpretation, drafting of legislation and regulations and operation of appeal systems including the role of courts, tribunals and the role of expert evidence
7. Utilise the tools used in real-world planning to address urban outcomes