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Planning Canadian Regions

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 of sustainable and community development, a deeper understanding of Canada’s approaches is invaluable. Hodge and Robinson identify the conceptual and historical foundations of regional planning and propose a new planning paradigm that emphasizes regional governance and greater inclusiveness and integration of physical planning with planning for economic sustainability and natural ecosystems.

486 pages

Table of Contents


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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