Planning Canadian Regions, Second Edition
396 pages, 6 x 9
30 figures, 21 tables
Release Date:15 Dec 2016
Release Date:05 Jan 2017

Planning Canadian Regions, Second Edition

UBC Press

Planning Canadian Regions was the first book to integrate the history, contemporary practice, and emergent issues of regional planning in Canada. This much-anticipated second edition brings the discussion up to date, applying the same thorough analysis to illuminate the rapid changes now shaping our regional landscapes and their planning.

This new edition draws upon contemporary analyses, projects, and literature to address issues of spatial complexity now facing regional planners in an era marked by increasing interdependence between cities and their regions, climate change, and respectful accommodation of Aboriginal peoples. The volume has been expanded to include:

  • a comprehensive examination of the regional planning dimensions of climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability across Canada
  • an in-depth analysis of the inequities of economic development faced in peripheral resource regions in the Provincial and Territorial North and discussion of the potential for place-based planning
  • respect for the role that Aboriginal peoples must play in the planning of their regions and the impact this has for all regions across Canada
  • a broad exploration of the distinctive planning needs of metropolitan regions across the country, including the unique case of the Greater Toronto megaregion.

Comprehensive and timely, this book challenges planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the latest thinking and strive for best practices in twenty-first century regional planning.

Planning Canadian Regions, Second Edition challenges planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the latest thinking and strive for best practices in twenty-first century regional planning.

Gerald Hodge is one of Canada’s foremost community and regional planners. A professor emeritus in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University, he has been involved in planning education, research, and practice for more than fifty years. Among his many publications are: Planning Canadian Communities (with David L.A. Gordon) now in its sixth edition, Towns and Villages in Canada (with M.A. Qadeer), The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors, and the first edition of this book. Now retired to Hornby Island, BC, he continues to write on planning matters, especially those concerned with Canada’s aging population.

Heather M. Hall is an emerging leader on regional planning and development in the Provincial North. An assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo, her publications include chapters in Canadian Cities in Transition; Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities; and Regional Development Agencies: The Next Generation. She has also worked on a number of applied research projects, including: Ontario in the Creative Age; Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador Project; and The State of the Mining Sector in Northern Ontario.

Ira M. Robinson (1924-2015) was professor emeritus of urban planning at the University of Calgary. He made notable contributions to the planning profession in Canada – something recognized by his induction as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2002. His numerous publications include New Industrial Towns on Canada’s Resource Frontier; Decision-Making in Urban Planning, Urban and Regional Planning in a Federal State: The Canadian Experience (with William Perks); and the first edition of this book. He continued to work on this new edition of Planning Canadian Regions until shortly before his death in Victoria at age 91.

Preface to Second Edition


Part 1: Roots and Rationale of Regional Planning

1 Roots of Regional Planning: Precursors and Perspectives

2 Canadian Regional Planning in Transition, 1950-2015

3 Key Features of Regional Planning Practice

Part 2: Planning Resource Regions, Rural Regions, and Regional Environments

4 Planning Peripheral Resource Regions

5 Planning Rural Regions and Their Communities

6 Regional Planning for Conservation and the Environment

Part 3: Planning Metropolitan Regions

7 Planning Metropolitan Regions

8 Planning the Multi-Metropolitan Region

Part 4: The Future Shape of Canadian Regional Planning

9 The Continuing Need for Regional Planning


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