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Advancing Sustainability at the Sub-National Level

The Potential and Limitations of Planning, 1st Edition

Edited by Eran Feitelson


256 pages

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Sustainability notions have been widely embraced by planners. However, the question of what can planners contribute to the advancement of such notions has not received much attention until now. This volume examines the potential contribution of planning to the advancement of sustainability at sub-national level, and the limitations it faces in doing so. Bringing together case studies from the US, UK, Poland, Israel, South Africa, The Netherlands and Italy, it covers a wide range of issues and contexts, ranging from the metropolitan to the community level. On the basis of these case studies, the book shows that planners do indeed have a variety of options to advance sustainability notions at these levels, and appear to be doing so. The book proposes that planners should operate at two levels: firstly to change institutional structures, and secondly to advance sustainability notions incrementally in the meantime, within the existing institutional constraints.


’…a collection of interesting contributions…the broad range of topics discussed with numerous references to actual problems in various regions of the world enhances the value of this publication. It provides valuable insights for planners to be used in the process of planning sustainable development, and practical guidelines for local governments striving to implement environmental programmes.’ European Spatial Research and Policy

Table of Contents

Contents: The potential and limitations of planning in advancing sustainability notions at the sub-national level: an introduction, Eran Feitelson; Very long-term planning for the era of climate change, Eliahu Romanoff and Thomas Gloria; Can Israel plan for sustainable development? An institutional analysis and constructive critique, Ernst R. Alexander; Decentralized planning for sustainable urban development: the Washington State Growth Management Act and its application in the Seattle metropolitan area, Donald Miller; Integrated planning for air quality - a human concept and a computer programme, Dalia Lichfield; The role of strategic planning in advancing sustainability at the metropolitan level: the case of Tel Aviv, Eran Feitelson; The integration of environmental, social and economic issues in spatial planning: case study of the metropolitan spatial development framework for Cape Town, South Africa, Desiree Shepherd and Keith Wiseman; Policy recommendations and implementation of Local Agenda 21: the example of Lodz (Poland), Tadeusz Marszal; Implementing sustainable business estates in the Netherlands: a confrontation between theory and practice, Erik Louw; An 'Actor-Consulting' model for sustainable planning: an application in sustainable housing development, Frans Osté and Gert de Roo; Public-private partnership as new integrated instruments for achieving sustainable urban development: the case of Monza, Luisa Pedrazzini; The role of local knowledge in environmental health planning, Jason Corburn; The potential of framing in managing and resolving environmental conflict, Deborah Shmueli and Michal Ben-Gal; Participatory decision making and sustainability: the role of environmental organizations, Karel Martens; Index.

About the Editor

Eran Feitelson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

About the Series

Urban Planning and Environment

Urban Planning and Environment
Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a combination of physical planning and environmental management is a newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example, local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites, facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated environmental quality plans. The aim of this series is to share information on experiments and best practices of governments at several levels. These empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers, elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and to foster sustainable urban development.

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