PLANNING + FACILITATION + EDUCATION

About Me

As a Planning consultant, Danny specialises in the statutory planning system in New South Wales, with particular interest and expertise in the development and implementation of local Planning controls and development assessment systems.

Academic Qualifications

1976 Bachelor of Town Planning (Honours Class 1), University of New South Wales.
1981 Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales. 
         Topic: Residential location decisions and metropolitan structure.

Professional Qualifications

Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia

Employment History

2006- Danny Wiggins (Planning, Facilitation and Education    Services)
1988-2006 Partner - Blinkhorn and Wiggins (Planning and Design)
1981-88 Lecturer - Town Planning, University of New South Wales 
1979-81 Town Planner - Warringah Council.

Professional Activities and Awards

2018 Publication: ‘Your Guide to the DA Process’ nominated (by DP&E) for a PIA Award

2010-20 Member, Healthy Planning Expert Working Group (facilitator 2010-2017)

2012 UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Sessional Staff). 

2011 PIA (NSW) Commendation: Improving Planning Processes and Practices Award: Development and Active Living 

2003-4 Member, Minister’s Section 94 Taskforce.

1998-2002 Member, State Government DIPNR’s Part 4 Reference Group.

1985-1993 Representative on the State Government Ordinance 4 (Planning Qualifications) Committee. Chairperson 1993.

1983-7 Royal Australian Planning Institute (NSW Division). Committee member; Vice President/ Secretary 1986-7 

Examples of Projects 1988-2019

NSW Department Planning, Industry and Environment. (2019) Authorised (State-wide) Training Provider (UTS Team): Local Strategic Planning Process. 

Active Living NSW (2019). Liveability and Local Government: a guide to embedding active living and healthy eating into Local Government’s strategic planning processes; including state-wide capacity building seminars.

NSW Department of Environment and Planning (2018). Your Guide to the DA Process; Report: Working with councils on the DA Best Practice Guide.

NSW Building Professionals Board. Practice Guide for Accredited Certifiers (draft). Writer on the Team. 

UNSW, UTS and WSU. Curriculum design, casual lecturer.

Premier’s Council for Active Living.  Development and Active Living: designing projects for active living; Supportive Environments: utilizing the Planning system to enable active living; Utilising the IPR Framework to promote active living

Shoalhaven City, Goulburn Mulwaree and Snowy River Shire Councils. Facilitation of Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. 

NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Guiding Development: better outcomes. Production of an ongoing series of practice notes on the operation of NSW development assessment system.

Kiama Council. Review of residential controls for Gerringong and Gerroa. 

Marrickville, Sutherland, Canterbury, Kiama, Auburn and Hurstville Councils. External reviews of development approval systems.

Wollongong, North Sydney, Leichhardt, Kiama, Sutherland and Shoalhaven Councils; UNSW; Premier’s Council for Active Living; Active Living NSW. Facilitation of community, staff and Councillor workshops on a range of management and planning issues.

Warringah Council/ Planning NSW. Independent Review of WLEP 2000.

National Parks and Wildlife Service. Environmental Assessment and REF Preparation: a two-day training course. Production of course program and training material.

NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Authorised training provider – Environmental Planning and Assessment (Amendment) Act 1998 (in conjunction with Centre for Local Government UTS and P&A Walsh Consulting P/L).

Western Sydney Waste Board. A statutory planning framework for resource recovery facilities in Western Sydney.

Parramatta and Botany Bay City Councils. LEP and DCP on Outdoor Advertising.

Combined Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils. “Waste Not…” model waste management guidelines.

Major Publications 1988 - 2019

Liveability and Local Government: a guide to embedding active living and healthy eating into Local Government’s strategic planning processes (2020), draft; Active Living NSW

Your Guide to the DA process (2018); NSW Department of Environment and Planning 

Working with councils on the DA Best Practice Guide (2017). NSW Department of Environment and Planning 

Utilising the IP&R Framework to promote active living and healthy eating (web-resource) (2015). Premier’s Council for Active Living

Development and Active Living: designing projects for active living (2010). Premier’s Council for Active Living (in conjunction with BBC Consulting Planners).

Supportive Environments: utilising the NSW Planning system to enable active living (2008). Premier’s Council for Active Living

Establishing a more efficient and effective Development Assessment System (2007).  Sutherland Shire Council.

Planning for Bushfire Protection (2006) Sydney, NSW Rural Fire Service.

Guiding Development: better outcomes (1999, 2001). Sydney, DUAP.

Approvals 98: Guide to the Environmental Planning Assessment (Amendment) Act 1997 and associated legislation (April 1998). Sydney, UTS (in conjunction with P & A Walsh P/L and UTS Centre for Local Government).

Waste Not… a model Development Control Plan and Local Approvals Policy (1996). Sydney, Combined Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (in conjunction with UTS Centre for Local Government).

Guide to Regulatory Provisions: Local Government Act 1993 and associated legislation (1993).UTS, Sydney (in conjunction with UTS CLG). Supplement, 1994.

Town Planning 8578Q Teaching Package (1994). TAFE, OTEN.

Local Approvals Review Program. Education and Training Modules (1993). Canberra, Commonwealth Office of Local Government.

“Professional Challenges in Local Planning” in Freestone R. (Ed) Spirited Cities. Sydney. The Federation Press, 1993.

Outdoor Advertising: an urban design-based approach (1991). Sydney, Department of Planning (with S. Blinkhorn).

Development Assessment Manual; Guidelines for councils in processing development applications. (1990). Sydney Local Government and Shires Association (with S. Blinkhorn)