Land Preservation for Future TransportInfrastructure in Metropolitan Queensland

Li, J. (2020) Land Preservation for Future TransportInfrastructure in Metropolitan Queensland. [USQ Project]


As cities transform into urban hubs, transport infrastructure must keep up with increasing population growth, commercial developments and freight route establishment.

Transport planning policies, promotes forecasting of traffic demand and predetermining of optimal locations for new road corridors. To this end, early protection of land is therefore carried out. Economic activities including commercial and residential developments on the other hand, competes for the same scarce resource inland. The balancing of these two agendas presents a complex challenge to governing agencies, and methods of effectively achieving the combined benefits of both are in most cases, not well developed. The success of public policies and strategies in corridor planning largely depends on the effective land resource management by state and local government agencies (Ekpodessi &Nakamura2018).

The purpose of this study is to investigate the Queensland Government’s infrastructure planning and land preservation regulatory framework by examining the efficacy of the Department of Transport and Main Road (TMR)’s Approved Planning Policy and its associated directives. Findings of this study adds empirical research to the topic of effective transport and land acquisition planning, also known as corridor preservation.

Adopting a mixed method approach, the methodology of this study consists of a qualitative method, by examining the regulatory composition of the Approved Planning Policy, and a quantitative method by undertaking empirical analysis in the case study of two major infrastructure projects.

A set of predetermined performance indicators were derived from an extensive literature review and used to evaluate the current Approved Planning Policy. Findings from the analysis revealed that the policy does address governance, community engagement, facilitation of funding for early land acquisition and addressing property hardship issues. The current policy also promotes integration within the department and collaboration between government agencies. However, there is no explicit provision to address property retention matters or the efficacy of the information systems (eg PRISM) that support the governance of the policy, which left unaddressed, leaves these systems susceptible to inaccurate or outdated data.

Recommendations for future improvement include a) Linking localised project reporting to PRISM administration to ensure information integrity; b) Integrate financial data with corridor planning to enable a more holistic approach for land preservation strategies development.; c) Assist members of the public and industry to better understand the Approved Planning Policy, its intent and the associated procedures to encourage a more participatory setting for corridor planning decision making. Community participation in corridor planning decision making would allow the department to achieve greater public engagement and thus better overall outcomes for infrastructure project deliveries.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 03:27
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 04:09

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