Ana Terrazas

Ana Terrazas

Ana Terrazas is originally from Mexico and has lived in numerous cities, including Perth where she had multiple roles working at a non-government organisation and at the Department of Water. Ana’s highlight achievements include delivering a $9 million Urban Waterways Renewal Program on behalf of the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare. Ana was responsible for applying water sensitive urban designs and naturalizing concrete stormwater drains running across three local government areas.
Ana joined the former Office of Environment and Heritage, where she is implementing some actions under the Water Quality Initiative of the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

Considering Waterway Health Outcomes In Strategic Land Use Planning Decisions – Case Study For The Northern Beaches

Australia’s population is growing, particularly in capital cities. By the end of 2036, it is estimated Sydney’s population will grow by 1.7 million people, ranked in the top 10 fastest-growing regions in the Western world (GSC). Recent, Local Government amalgamations within the Sydney Region have created an unprecedented opportunity to generate a single planning vision for the new formed councils. Local Governments are required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), which sets out a 20-year vision to effectively plan for future growth by balancing regional priorities with local values.

This presentation describes how a LSPS was developed for the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA) in Sydney, as a pilot to integrate improved management of the health of waterways into the planning system. The LGA features lagoons, streams and beaches, including some that are recognised as international tourist destinations. The local community’s values (e.g. protection of aquatic ecosystems) and uses (e.g. swimming, wading, fishing) were identified using multiple lines of evidence based on direct consultation, social media data mining, spatial mapping of high ecological value assets and previous local studies. A ‘health check’ of the Local Government planning instruments was conducted to assess their effectiveness in protecting those community environmental values and uses of the waterways. The ‘health check’ has shown that existing development controls, where based on pragmatic cost-effective strategies rather than an outcomes-based approach that linked explicitly to achieving the community’s environmental values and uses. To address this central issue, a risk-based approach was used to develop an overarching stormwater strategy for the entire LGA.

The opportunity to help consider positive waterways health outcomes in this strategic planning process has not precedent in NSW.

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