The Future of the Fringe

The Crisis in Peri-Urban Planning

August 2020
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    11th August 2020
  • ISBN 9781486308958
  • Language English
  • Pages 184 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images illus.

Peri-urban landscapes are some of the world’s most vulnerable areas. Although they are often thought of simply as land awaiting development, these landscapes retain important natural resources and make valuable contributions to agriculture, water use, biodiversity conservation, landscape preservation and human well-being. Billions of people use them and enjoy their natural values. Their continuing loss threatens to alter our relationships with nature and have a negative impact on the environment.

The Future of the Fringe first explores the history of peri-urban areas, international peri-urban policy and practice, and related concepts. It analyzes internationally relevant issues such as green belts and urban growth boundaries, regional policy, land supply and price, and the concepts of liveability, attractiveness, well-being and rural amenity. It then examines a range of Australian peri-urban issues, as an extended case study. The book argues for a precautionary approach so that we retain the greatest number of options to adapt during rapid and unprecedented change.

  • The first Australian book to examine Australian peri-urban issues in detail.
  • Comprehensively reviews the international literature on peripheral urban (‘peri-urban’) landscapes and related issues.
  • Analyzes contemporary debates on contentious peri-urban issues, such as the future of green belts and peri-urban agriculture.
  • Includes a section on international peri-urban policy and planning practice.
  • Presents a strong argument for the preservation of the traditional rural landscapes of peri-urban areas.


PART I: Peri-urban concepts, policy and practice
1: Understanding the peri-urban
2: Conceptualising peri-urban regions
3: Planning and policy for peri-urban protection
4: Land markets, land supply and price and the peri-urban fringe
5: Regionalism and peri-urban development
6: Liveable peri-urban spaces

PART II: Peri-urban issues: an Australian context
7: Australian green belts
8: Population change in peri-urban Australia
9: Peri-urban agriculture
10: Biodiversity, natural resources and peri-urban regions
11: The practice of peri-urban planning

Conclusion: peri-urban futures

Michael Buxton

Michael Buxton is an Emeritus Professor at RMIT University and is former head of RMIT Planning and Environment. He has published more than 80 refereed papers, books, book chapters and monographs, including Planning Melbourne (CSIRO Publishing, 2016). He has led 20 major research projects, mainly on peri-urban issues and urban form. He formerly held senior positions in local, regional and state governments.

Andrew Butt

Andrew Butt is an Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University. His experience in planning practice, research and teaching has focused on rural and peri-urban issues, including a PhD on approaches to planning for farmland protection in peri-urban Australia, as well as articles and book chapters exploring socio-economic transitions and planning systems in rural and peri-urban regions.

peri-urban; land markets; land supply; regionalism; Australian green belt; landscape preservation; biodiversity conservation; urban growth boundaries; liveability; rural amenity