Integrating regional and infrastructure planning: Lessons from South East Queensland, Australia

Michael Regan, Bhishna Bajracharya

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Economic and social infrastructure provision presents a conundrum for urban planners, especially in high growth regional economies experiencing strong poputlation growth, increasing demand for infrastructure services and limits to the state's capacity to sustain long-term investment strategies. This chapter considers the South East Queensland (SEQ) regional economy and the policy decisions taken in recent years to embed and integrate both regional planning and regional infrastructure investment strategies through statutory SEQ Regional Plan and SEQ Infrastructure Plans and Programs. This case study examines the benefits from this integrated approach, as well as the challenges facing the region. Some of the benefits of the integrated approach include land use transport integration, strategic approach to infrastructure provision, alignment of infrastructure planning with budgetary processes, and greater certainty for investments in the regional economy. The challenges for integrated planning are also numerous and include: ensuing close co-operation between three levels of government and private sector, reconciling long term infrastructure planning with short term political imperatives, managing future uncertainty and financing future investments in land use and infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable urban and regional infrastructure development
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies, applications and management
EditorsTan Yigitcanlar
Place of PublicationHershey, United States
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781615207756
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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