Awards: NSW: 5 November 2010 – Landcom’s PRECINX sustainability rating tool for large mixed use developments  has won the President’s Award by the Planning Institute of Australia’s NSW Planning Excellence Awards, the Institute announced this week.

The President’s Award also went to Clarence Valley Council’s Affordable Housing Strategy.

PRECINX was developed for Landcom by sustainability consultants Kinesis, with Simpson + Wilson and SGS Economics and Planning.

Landcom director of sustainability and policy, Stephen Driscoll, said PRECINX would help planners and developers make a huge leap in planning for sustainable places.

“Many of the opportunities to make significant sustainability gains occur at the neighbourhood scale rather than house by house or building by building,” Mr Driscoll said.

The Clarence Valley Affordable Housing Strategy, has resulted in “significant funding from federal and state bodies for increasing access to affordable housing in the northern NSW local government area comprising 44 towns and villages spread across more than 10,000 square kilometers,” PIA NSW said in a media statement.

“Clarence Valley Council has fast-tracked the release of subsidised land for purchase, is assisting in streamlining development approval processes and supporting policies promoting private sector investment in this area.”

List of winners follows:

  • Environmental Planning or Conservation Award: PRECINX Landcom Sustainability Tool — Landcom with Kinesis and Simpson & Wilson; Commendation Coastal Zone Management Plan for Byron Shire — Byron Shire Council & Parsons Brinckerhoff; Commendation: Green Street Program — Housing NSW, Department of Human Services.
  • Heritage Planning Award: Sydney Harbour YHA & the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre — Sydney Harbour YHA.
  • Media – public/professional Award: Warringah Council – Talk of the Town 2010 Community Summit: Warringah’s Housing Future.
  • Planning Scholarship, Research or Teaching Award: Sarkissian Associates Planners P/L — A Trio of New Books on Community Engagement; Award: Robert Freestone — Urban Nation: Australia’s Planning Heritage book.
  • Planning for Healthy Urban Environments Commendation: Penrith City Council — Penrith Draft Health Strategy.
  • Rural and Regional Planning Achievement Commendation: Bond University – Cross-Border Regional Planning: Coastal Queensland and New South Wales; Commendation: GHD — Western Councils’ Sub Regional Landuse Strategy
  • Social and Community Based Planning Award – Clarence Valley Council — Clarence Valley Affordable Housing Strategy; Commendation Randwick City Council — An Inclusive Randwick City; Commendation: Kogarah City Council — Community Strategic Plan – Bright Future, Better Lifestyle: Kogarah 2020.
  • Urban Design — Plans and Ideas Award: Council of the City of Newcastle — Merewether Beach Public Domain Plan.
  • Urban Planning Achievement Award: Mosman LEP 2010 (The bespoke consultation of a Standard LEP); Commendation: Hornsby Shire Council —Hornsby Shire Council Housing Strategy; Commendation: Tweed Shire Council — Pottsville Locality Based Development Code.
  • Young Planner of the Year  – Gillian Goldsmith.