This project aims to provide targeted guidance to multiple case study regions on how to effectively advance their city shaping, water sensitive practices by applying a framework for integrated urban and water planning. The project will develop this framework, as well as supporting processes  and guidelines through a number of industry case studies.

This guidance/framework will be designed to complement the suite of methods and tools being developed in IRP1 (Water sensitive city visions and transition strategies) to facilitate Water Sensitive City (WSC) transition strategies and implementation plans. However, it will also be able to provide standalone support for strategies related to individual water sensitive practices (e.g. water sensitive urban design standards) or WSC services for large precinct developments or municipalities.

The project builds on previous CRCWSC research that developed a policy framework for water sensitive urban design (Project B5.1 Statutory planning for water sensitive cities), an integrated approach to whole-of-catchment planning (Project B1.2 Catchment scale landscape planning for water sensitive city-regions in an age of climate change) and the  Design tool (Project A4.3 Socio-technical modelling tools to examine urban water management scenarios). It will also draw on and integrate aspects of Tranche 2 research, particularly linking in with the IRP4 (Water sensitive outcomes for infill developments) and TAP (Tools and Products) projects.

The project will involve close collaboration between research and industry partners to ensure the project outcomes can directly influence the policies and activities of local stakeholder organisations to catalyse and accelerate their city’s transition to its desired water sensitive future or effective implementation of proposed water sensitive practices.


This project will deliver both content and process outcomes as outlines below.

For further information on the research project, please refer to the attached document.

  1. A thorough analysis of the urban and water planning methods and approaches relevant to shaping water sensitive cities and embedding water sensitive outcomes.
  2. A Framework for integrated urban and water planning.
  3. Methods and processes for application of the Framework, to be included in a software platform.
  4. Outputs from application of the Framework as specific guidance for embedding water sensitive outcomes in case studies.
  5. A City Shaping Platform that incorporates outputs of IRP3 and other Tranche 2 projects including TAP Design Platform.
  1. Development of a deeper knowledge and understanding of integrated urban and water planning approaches that can advance WSC outcomes.
  2. Methods and processes for applying integrated urban and water planning to advance WSC outcomes.
  3. Methods and processes for cross sector engagement of professionals in developing and evaluating alternative servicing scenarios to deliver water sensitive city outcomes.
  4. Improved capacity of professional stakeholders to understand and employ integrated urban and water planning.
  1. Sarah Watkins - Melbourne Water (VIC)
  2. Loretta VanGasselt -  Department of Planning (WA)
  3. Darren Wilson - City of Greater Dandenong (VIC)
  4. Shelley Shepherd - Urbaqua (WA)
  5. Peter Newton - Swinburne University (VIC)
  6. Andrew Chapman - South East Water (VIC)
  7. Sadeq Zaman – Inner West Council (NSW)
  8. Shiroma Maheepala -  Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC)
  9. Steven Kenway - The University of Queensland (QLD)
  10. Sayed Iftekhar - The University of Western Australia (WA)
  11. Mellissa Bradley - Water Sensitive SA (SA)
Last updated: 24th Oct 2017