Priority project 1: The case for water sensitive urban design – cost-benefit analysis

Priority project 1: The case for water sensitive urban design – cost-benefit analysis

Objective Demonstrate the multiple benefits (including externalities) of incorporating WSUD into new developments and retrofit solutions while seeking the lowest community cost solutions to urban water management challenges
Deliverables A project analysis tool and reference document to inform policy and infrastructure management decisions that identifies

  • urban water management solutions with the lowest community cost
  • who pays
  • who benefits
  • what changes to the urban water cycle are required
  • what are the community benefits inform policy decisions and provide assurance for the development industry

The analysis will consider:

  • threats to communities (droughts, floods, heat waves, population growth, aging infrastructure, reduced livability and affordability)
  • financial cost and benefits
  • intangibles/externalities
Inputs
  • DPTI methodology for economic analysis
  • DEWNR economic model for assessing WSUD projects (currently under development)
  • Research by Goyder Institute (Cuddy et al 2014, Marsden Jacob Associates, 2013, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities)
Delivery method Consultancy, overseen by Water Sensitive SA technical working group
Project completion date Subject to funding
Potential delivery partners DEWNR, Goyder Institute for Water Research, DPTI (Planning Division), Green Infrastructure Project, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, AWRCoE and interstate WSUD capacity building programs
Target audience Policy makers, Minister, SA parliament, Councils, development industry

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