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Instruments of Planning
Tensions and challenges for more equitable and sustainable cities

ISBN 9781315749037
Published August 11, 2015 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenges for more Equitable and Sustainable Cities critically explores planning’s instrumentality to deliver important social and environmental outcomes in neoliberal planning landscapes. Because each instrument is unique and may be tailored to its own jurisdictional needs, Instruments of Planning is a compendium of case studies from urban regions in Australia, Canada, the United States and Europe, providing readers with a collection that critically challenges the role and potential of planning instruments and instrumentality across a range of contexts.

Instruments of Planning captures the political, institutional, and economic challenges that confront planning. It examines planning instruments designed to assist with strategic planning and implementation, and considers the role that technology plays in unpacking and understanding complexity in planning.

Written by Rebecca Leshinsky and Crystal Legacy of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, this book fills the gap in planning theory about the instrumentality of planning in the neoliberal urban context. It is essential reading for students, urban researchers, policy analysts and planning practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Planning instruments and the urban change process- Crystal Legacy and Rebecca Leshinsky Part 1. Planning challenges in a context of discontinuous growth - Leonie Janssen-Jansen 2. Towards equitable intensification: Restricting developer gain and compensating planning costs - Glen Searle 3. Freedom’s prospect? Re-thinking red and green tape reform as a planning instrument - Wendy Steele 4. The problem/solution nexus and its effects on public consultation - Sophie Sturup Part 2. Designing strategies for change - Louis Albrechts 5. Community deliberation as a procedural planning tool: Examination of Vancouver and Melbourne - Ann McAfee and Crystal Legacy 6. Targets for affordable housing: Supporting equitable and sustainable urban growth - Catherin Gilbert, Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs 7. Social impact assessment: Strategic litigation tool for planning law decision makers - Rebecca Leshinsky 8. A design-led approach for enabling collective imagining of sustainable urban futures - Viveka Turnbull Hocking and Andrew MacKenzie Part . Instruments to implement change - Willem K. Korthals Altes 9. Would you like a code with that? Place-based planning and mapping neighbourhood fields of care - Ian Woodcock, Simon Wollan and Kim Dovey 10. Transferable development credits put growth in its place - Rick Pruetz 11. Managing urban intensification through conservation covenants - Peter Williams and Angelique Williams 12. Regenerating cities: Creating the opportunity for greyfield precinct infill development - Peter Newton and Stephen Glackin Part 4. Technology in planning: Supporting urban policy and decision-making - Jennifer S. Evans-Cowley 13. Policy and planning on the interface of socio-technical systems: Novel approaches to policy development - Araz Taeihagh 14. Engaging the greyfields: Community engagement and co-design in residential redevelopment of public housing - Stephen Glackin and Peter Newton 15. Technology in urban planning: Spatial hedonic house price model as an information tool - Shanaka Herath 16. Instruments of planning: tensions and challenges for more equitable and sustainable cities - Rebecca Leshinsky and Crystal Legacy

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Rebecca Leshinsky is a Senior Lecturer in Property, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and the author of a number of practitioner books in the areas of property and strata law.

Crystal Legacy is an Australian Research Council (DECRA) Fellow and a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. She is co-editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s safety and the right to the city (Routledge).


"Leshinsky and Legacy present a timely collection of state‐of‐the‐art chapters on current problems and creative solutions regarding spatial planning, law, and property rights. This book explores the pertinent question of who owns, who plans, and who has the power to facilitate change." - Ben Davy, TU Dortmund University

"This book presents a collection of case studies and synthetic analyses speaking to the challenges confronting urban centers in light of the global push for neoliberal policies that privilege markets, competitiveness, and individual advancement, sometimes at the expense of individual equity and community welfare. It provides an important and timely check on how well conventional planning systems are positioned--or not--to address these larger forces, along with insights on how to reform those planning systems to better address challenges ahead." - Richard K. Norton, University of Michigan