Planning Canadian Regions is the first book to consolidate the history, evolution, current practice, and future prospects for regional planning in Canada. As planners grapple with challenges wrought by globalization, the evolution of massive new city-regions, and the pressures for sustainable and community economic development, a deeper understanding of Canada’s approaches is invaluable.
Hodge and Robinson identify the intellectual and conceptual foundations of regional planning and review the history and main modes of regional planning for rural regions, economic development regions, resource development regions, and metropolitan and city-regions. They draw lessons from Canada’s past experience and conclude by proposing a new paradigm addressing the needs of regional planning now and in the future, emphasizing regional governance, greater inclusiveness and integration of physical planning with planning for economic sustainability and natural ecosystems.
Planning Canadian Regions will be a much-needed text for students and teachers of regional planning and an indispensable reference for planning practitioners. It will also find a receptive audience in such disciplines as urban planning, environmental studies, geography, political science, public administration, and economics.
Hodge and Robinson’s text is a timely and welcome contribution to the body of knowledge on regional planning in Canada. Their discussion of the evolution of regional planning theory and practice, set within the broad context of the Canadian planning experience, is very useful. The book will appeal to students and practitioners alike.
Two senior scholars and practitioners have written an illuminating work on the origins, concepts, scope, practice, and potential of regional planning in Canada. Its coverage is truly national, and its spirit, appropriately, is universal, critical, and exploratory.
Introduction: Regional Planning in Perspective
Part 1: Foundations of Regional Planning
1 Roots of Regional Planning
2 Key Features of Regional Planning
3 The Imperative of Regional Boundaries
4 Formal Bases of Regional Planning
Part 2: Planning Practice in Rural and Non-Metropolitan Regions
5 Planning Rural Regions and Their Communities
6 Regional Economic Development Planning
7 Regional Planning for Resource Conservation and Development and the Environment
Part 3: Planning and Governing Practice in Urban-Based Regions
8 Planning and Governing Metropolitan Areas
9 Planning and Governing City-Regions
Part 4: The Future of Regional Planning in Canada
10 The Continuing Need for Regional Planning
11 The Future Shape of Regional Planning
Notes; References; Index
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