Analyzing the patterns of ICT utilization for online public participatory planning in Queensland, Australia

Yigitcanlar, Tan, Baum, Scott, & Stimson, Robert J. (2003) Analyzing the patterns of ICT utilization for online public participatory planning in Queensland, Australia. Assessment Journal, 10(2), pp. 5-21.

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Public participation in urban planning includes involving, informing, and consulting the public in planning, management, and other decision-making activities. It is an important part of the planning process, providing opportunity and encouragement for members of the public to express their views. Despite the usefulness of new technologies, however, the majority of Internet and GIS applications have not been very successful in encouraging significant public participation. One reason for this is the lack of readiness in accepting ICTs, both on the part of planning agencies, such as local councils, and members of the public. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the readiness of local councils in Queensland, Australia, to implement online urban planning. Local government authorities (LGAs) comprise the third tier of government in Australia. In Queensland, the local councils have statutory powers over land use zoning and the development approval processes. LGAs develop and implement strategic and local plans, including those for land use. This article considers the extent to which local councils are willing to embrace ICTs as a public participation tool and the extent to which households might be ready to access new computer technologies.

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ID Code: 17555
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information technology, Urban planning, Research, Internet, Geographic information systems, Case studies
ISSN: 1073-8568
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2009 00:50
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:29

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