Conflict and Contradictions of Multiple Hard Planning spaces

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Conference Proceeding
2020, pp. 1-13
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Spatial imaginaries feature prominently in contemporary metropolitan strategic planning strategies. In particular, many metropolitan planners have experimented with the use of functional economic corridors, typically although not exclusively based on soft or fuzzy boundaries. In the last 15 years, there have been four strategic planning strategies produced for metropolitan Sydney in 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Whilst the first three experimented with soft functional economic corridors, the most recent strategy, a ‘metropolis of three cities’, which seeks to rebalance the spatial structure of the metropolitan region, witnesses the hardening of the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula functional economic corridor. The insertion of this new planning space alongside and cutting across existing statutory planning areas gives rise to new issues and opportunities. Drawing attention to the coexistence of multiple hard planning spaces, this research examines some ensuing conflicts and contradictions that are not always immediately apparent. Moreover, the paper considers the broader implications of multiple hard planning spaces in both local development and metropolitan strategic planning.
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