Fresh Plans

Fresh Plans
Team Name: 
YakkityHacks

 

 

‘I had a question about a development in my street. Even though I found the answer, it took me a very long time. I wondered if there was a better way.’
Elizabeth Gray

 

The Problem
Increasing population requires development and everyone needs to benefit from it. Development is not without risks and pain. Residents need to know how developments will affect them and governments and planners need to understand the community’s needs.

There is a lot of information available to residents about current and planned developments. It's a wall of information that quickly overwhelms you. Finding the information that is relevant to you is difficult. Too many, this is a barrier that is too high.

The current mechanisms to collect feedback from residents are slow and not accessible to all. The government and planners have to explain the complex balance of positives and negatives behind any development and this isn't easy. It would be much quicker to just talk to each person, but we can’t employ an army of people to consult everyone for every development that is proposed…………… or can we?

The problems are:

Residents want to:
• Find out what developments are happening in their local area
• Connect with people in their area
• Find out specific information about developments

Government and town planners want to:
• Work with the residents to plan for the future
• Get fast feedback on development
• Update residents about changes

 

The solution
We built a Facebook Messenger bot and hooked it up to development planning data. A text messaging interface is a natural way to search for information by using the familiar model of asking questions and receiving answers. It is a solution for the information overload about development. The Facebook platform naturally encourages and enables communities to connect so they can participate in planning decisions.

People can access information for any location and receive information that is relevant to them. Government and town planners can easily access community opinion about planned and potential developments.

The future
There’s heaps of potential ways in which Fresh Plans can grow and develop. Here's just a few:
• Augmented reality simulations of potential developments to visualise how they fit into the landscape
• Use voice input to make the tool accessible to more people.
• Extend the platform to engage the community in more general policy decisions.

 

 

 

Region: 
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
PSMA Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF)
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
PSMA Australia for the Commonwealth of Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
The data was used to standardise addresses in order to find development approval records in multiple datasets and to obtain the mesh block associated with an address. The mesh block was used to look up ABS data.
Dataset Name: 
ABN Lookup web services
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Australian Business Register
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
The development application provides the name and ABN of the developer. This data was used to extract the entity name matching the ABN.
Dataset Name: 
Geelong Advertised Planning Permits - RSS
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
City of Greater Geelong
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Logan City Development Applications
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Logan City Council
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Current Development Applications
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Adelaide City Council/SA Government
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Logan City Development Applications
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Logan City Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Logan City Residential Development vs Projection by Type
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Logan City Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Logan City Non-Residential Development vs Projection by Type
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Logan City Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Data was obtained from the site and it was used to provide a link to and all relevant details for each development application.
Dataset Name: 
Administrative-Boundaries
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
PSMA Australia for the Commonwealth of Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
The data uses the street address and supplies details regarding administrative boundaries including local ward in council and other electoral areas. This data will be used to inform users who to contact if they have concerns regarding a property development.
Event Location: 
Brisbane Official