This submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (DITRDLG) relates to Section 2.1 of the Discussion Paper on Airport Planning and Development. It is concerned with airport area development and governance issues, rather than more explicitly environmental issues (noise, OLS etc) although these are vital related concerns and together need integrated treatment. This submission was prepared by Robert Freestone, Kym Foster, and Peter Williams for the City Futures Research Centre in Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Robert Freestone is Professor and Peter Williams is Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Development at UNSW. Kym Foster is an APAI PhD Student in the Faculty and former senior head for policy and coordination in aviation and airports for DOTARS. The authors are connected to the broader Airport Metropolis Research Project (Australian Research Council LP0775225) being managed by the Queensland University of Technology (under Chief Investigator Associate Professor Douglas Baker, School of Urban Development, QUT). This submission complements the more wide-ranging submission made by QUT on the Issues Paper in relation to airport planning and development.