The Consultant
Ian Sinclair is the Principal Consultant with Edge Land Planning.
IIan has a degree in Town Planning from the University of NSW. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a member the American Planners Association. He also holds a Certificate as a NSW Local Government Town and Country Planner. He is a candidate for a PhD at Sydney University where he is investigating the tensions of land use planning and strategic agricultural regions on Australia's eastern seaboard, which is creating contested landscapes. This will include horticultural production which is mostly on the metropolitan fringe and coastal areas, where population growth is causing the contestation as well as the inland which grows crops where coal mining and coal seam gas is causing the contestation. He also has a Certificate in Economic Development from the Indiana Economic Development Institute.
Ian has 26 years of experience in rural planning - 13 in Local Government and 13 as a consultant. Prior to working full time as a consultant, Ian worked for Wollondilly Shire Council where he was the Manager of Strategic Planning. Wollondilly Shire is located on the South - Western outskirts of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Wollondilly has a mixture of urban and rural land uses as well as a high rate of population growth. Prior to commencing with Wollondilly Council, he has worked as a Local Government Planner for Forbes, Orange and Wingecarribee Councils in both Development Control and Strategic Planning.
Ian has experience in the preparation of Studies and Policies relating to all facets of land development and natural resource management. He has also facilitated many community planning exercises and Strategies and has had a wealth of experience in all facets of Community Consultation.
He has undertaken 14 study tours to the USA and Canada and one of the United Kingdom where he has investigated rural, fringe metropolitan planning issues and urban agriculture in British Colombia, Colorado, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. He has also presented 10 papers at the American Planners Association Annual Conference on the issues of preservation of agricultural land, metropolitan fringe issues and growth management on the fringe of Sydney and preparing strategies for rural land as well as planning for vineyards. Ian also was invited to talk at the Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Convention in 2011 on Food Security issues and planning. He has made presentations to Community groups and Organisations in America and Canada and has made presentations to Conferences and Seminars in Australia on the same topics.
He is a Part Time Lecturer on Rural Planning and Stratigic Planning matters and regular guest lecturer at the University of NSW where he has presented papers to the Planning Law and Practice Short Course and given lectures to undergraduates. He also has given lectures annually to the University of Wollongong Faculty of Law and Geography courses, University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Design Architecture Building and Macquarie University Faculty of Science. During Ian's study tours he has given lectures to Universities of Kansas State, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee on Rural and Metropolitan Fringe Planning Issues in Australia. Ian has also been course director and lecturer for the Rural Development Assessment and Strategic Planning Short Course Professional Development series in a number of centres around NSW.
Ian's expertise in the area of Rural Planning has been acknowledged by his representation on State Government Committees such as the Intensive Agriculture Consultative Committee, Sustainable Agriculture in Sydney Working Group and the Hawkesbury Nepean Advisory Committee - Environment and Scenic Quality and Rural Lands Working Parties as well as the Royal Australian Planning Institute NSW Divisional Committee and Policy and Environment and Local Government and Rural and Regional Affairs Committees and the Awards for Excellence in Planning Comittee.
Whilst at Wollondilly Shire Council, Ian was the project manager and architect of the Wollondilly Agricultural Lands Study and Review of Rural Lands. Both of these projects received Commendations for Excellence in Planning from the Royal Australian Planning Institute as being innovative and at the cutting edge of Rural Planning practice in Australia. These documents developed a methodology for assessing land for its agricultural potential and created a specific agricultural zone.
Ian has participated in Community Economic Development Charrettes in Gunnedah in NSW, Wairoa in New Zealand and Attica in Indiana as well as discussing the issues with practitioners in the USA.
Ian presents a regular article in New Planner titled "A view from the Edge" which has recieved a commendation of Excellence in Planning from the Planning Institute of Australia. Topics Covered include:
Ian has contributed Chapters to 2 books:
  • Preserving Rural Landscapes in Planning Australia - An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning edited by Susan Thompson and published by Cambridge University 2nd Edition 2012. This book won the National PIA Award for Excellence in Planning Scholarship in 2008.
  • Growing Food and Growing Houses in Preserving Rural Landscapes: Issues and Solutions edited by Robertson and Watts published by CSIRO Publishing in 1999.
Ian Sinclair's Full Curriculum Vitae

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