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), UNSW
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

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

Professional Activities and Awards

1983-87 Royal Australian Planning Institute (NSW Division).
Committee member; Vice President and Secretary 1986-87.
1982-86 Honorary Secretary, Civic Design Society.
1985-93 Representative on the State Government Ordinance 4 (Planning Qualifications) Committee. Chairperson, 1993.
1998-02 Member State Government – DIPNR’s Part 4 Reference Group.
2003-04 Member, Minister’s Section 94 Taskforce
2011 PIA (NSW) Commendation: Improving Planning Processes and Practices
2012 UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Sessional Staff)

2018 Publication: Your Guide to the DA process nominated (By NSW DP&E) for a PIA Award

Examples of Projects 1988-2017

NSW Department of Environment and Planning. Your Guide to the DA Pricess (and Seminar Kit)

NSW Department of Environment and Planning. Delivering the DA Best Practice Guide

NSW Department of Environment and Planning. Report for DA fee review (for Regulation Review) 

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; Addressing Active Living through Councils' Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

Facilitating a response to the Planning System Review  for PCAL, Heart Foundation (NSW) and the Sydney Catchment Authority.

Shoalhaven City, Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass 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.

UNSW, UTS, UWS and TAFE. Curriculum design, visiting lecturer.

Kiama Council. Review of residential controls for Gerringong and Gerroa

Wollongong, North Sydney, Leichhardt, Kiama, Sutherland and Shoalhaven Councils; NSW Department of Transport. Facilitation of community, staff and Councillor workshops on a range of management and planning issues

Warringah Council/ Planning NSW. Independent Review of the Warringah LEP 2000.

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

Lake Macquarie City Council. Review of Lake Macquarie LEP 2002 and DCP.

National Parks and Wildlife Service. Environmental Assessment and REF Preparation: a two day training course. Production of 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 resourse recovery facilities in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Regional Organisations of Councils. Local Approvals Benchmarking Project (in conjunction with Centre for Local Government UTS and P & A Walsh P/L).

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

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

Major Publications 1988 - 2019

Your Guide to the DA Process (2018). NSW DP&E

Working with councils on the DA Best Practice Guide (2017). NSW DP&E

Utilising the IP&R Framework to Promote Active Living and Healthy Eating (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: utilizing the NSW Planning system to enable active living (2008). Premier’s Council for Active Living

Skin cancer prevention – Local Government Review (2008). Sydney, UTS (in conjunction with UTS)

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 Organisations 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.

LARP 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)