SCOPE The RSES embraces many factors which determine quality of life, including:
• Preserving and protecting the environment, its amenities and landscape qualities; • Transportation, water services, energy and communications networks, and waste management facilities; • Addressing climate change; • Promoting sustainable settlement and transportation strategies in urban and rural areas; and • Enhancing economic performance.
The location of future population growth;
Provision of housing;
• Improving the qualities of cities, towns and rural areas; • Education and lifelong learning; • Creating and sustaining quality jobs; • Supporting rural development; • Identifying priorities for infrastructure investment,
including educational, healthcare, social, community, sporting and cultural facilities;
It should be noted that the RSES is a strategic document and identifies high-level requirements and policies. It does not provide every detail for each matter, nor does it cut across areas that are appropriately the responsibility of local authorities. It does however set out the high level statutory framework to empower each local authority to develop CCDPs, Local Area Plans (LAPs) and LECPs that are coordinated with regional and national objectives. The policies in the RSES are structured under Regional Policy Objectives (RPOs) and Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP) Policy Objectives’. Transitional Change While the RSES process has a long-term vision to 2040, the specific focus of this document is to 2026 and 2031. The level of change required by the NPF cannot be implemented immediately and it will take several cycles of the RSES process to achieve change to long-term patterns of sustainable development. This first RSES is primarily concerned with setting the course to embed long term change.
Southern Regional Assembly | RSES
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