How on earth is town planning incompatible with democracy?! Life in a
democracy is not much fun if your city doesn't work properly.
In any case, the central planning is performed - with public input and
consultation - by the democratically-elected state government that people
have voted for on the basis of policies put forward at an election. Any
state government should take full reponsibility for big picture planning
and not leave it entirely to local interests that have no regard to what
the effects might be in adjacent municipalities or the common good in