2nd Edition

Urban Environmental Planning Policies, Instruments and Methods in an International Perspective

By Gert de Roo, Donald Miller Copyright 2005

    Originally published in 1997, Urban Environmental Planning provides a groundbreaking overview of innovative methods and techniques for measuring and managing the environmental effects of urban land uses on other urban activities. Fully revised and updated, this second edition brings together a team of leading environmental planners and policy makers from the US, UK, Europe and SE Asia to address the central questions confronting sustainable urban development. Typical questions include: How can you measure and manage the negative environmental effects of intrusive urban activities such as manufacturing and transport on sensitive land uses including residential and recreational areas? Can a balance be found between reducing these effects through means such as separating conflicting land uses? While other sources identify the need for effective programmes to improve urban environmental quality, this volume describes and assesses analytical methods and implementing programmes practised by leading communities around the world.

    Contents: Introduction, D. Miller and G. de Roo. A Descriptive Introduction To Environmental And Spatial Conflicts In The Urban Area: Pollution control in the United Kingdom, B. Goodall; Tackling the problem of conflicting land uses in Hong Kong: a planner's view, Pun Chung Chan; From measurement to measures: land use and environmental protection in Brooklyn, New York, N. Anderson, E. Hanhardt and I. Pasher; Land use conflicts and problem solving strategies: three case studies in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, J. Farinha, L. Vasconcelos and A. Perestrelo; A noise remedy program: Seattle -Tacoma international airport, E. Munday; Land use conflicts at a nuclear weapons site: contamination, industry and habitat at Hanford, USA, J. Denkers and M. Power. Answers To Negative Environmental Spillovers In The Urban Area: Risk-based urban environmental planning: the Seattle experience, S. Nicholas; Towards an integrated district oriented policy: a policy for urban planning and the environment in Amsterdam, E. Meijburg; Improving environmental performance of local land use plans: an experiment with sustainable urban planning in Amsterdam, E. Timár; A method for incorporating environmental aspects into spatial planning, N. Streefkerk; Innovative mitigation at a treatment plant: the applied waste water technologies research program, G.M. Bush. Integrated Environmental Zoning As A Sophisticated Instrument To Deal With Environmental Spillovers: Dutch integrated environmental zoning: a comprehensive program for dealing with urban environmental spillovers, D. Miller; The rise and fall of the environmental zone: a discussion about area oriented environmental planning in urban areas, G. de Roo; Integrated environmental zoning in the IJmond-region near Amsterdam, D. Arbouw; Integrated environmental zoning and American inner-city redevelopment: a helpful intersection of land-use planning and environmental law, M.A. Wolf; (Integrated) environmental zoning: a comparative study of 12 countries, J. Pearce. Positive Environmental Spillovers In The Urban Areas: A Neglected Field Of Interest: Seattle's environmentally critical areas policies, C. Marks; A wildlife habitat network for community planning using GIS technology, K.J. Stenberg, K.O. Richter, D. McNamara and L. Vicknair; Reducing flood damage impacts of urbanisation: institutional problems and approaches, F. Westerlund. The Spatial Plan As A Tool For Sustainable Solutions: Environmental appraisal of development plans, N. Border; Integrated environmental zoning in local land use plans: some Dutch experiences, H. Borst; Integrating environmental quality criteria in municipal master plans: a general proposal, C. Garrett; Index.


    Professor Donald Miller is based at the Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, USA and Professor Gert de Roo is based at the Department of Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

    ’This update of the 1997 volume on Urban Environmental Planning is exceptionally welcome in light of recent changes in urban sustainability planning discourse. This revised collection reflects both the changing questions and new methods and data available to address those issues. Its comparative scope and reliance on examples from many different cities helps the reader to consider how innovations from across the globe can be made applicable to the local setting he or she addresses. ’ Professor Peter B. Meyer, University of Louisville, USA ’For those concerned with sustainable development and environmental improvement, this is an excellent and worthwhile book. It provides evidence-based research into environmental problems in urban areas, and gives good practice examples and solutions drawn from many countries around the world. This fully updated second edition is both timely and essential reading for all those who care about the urban environments, and who want knowledge of the tools to make them sustainable. ’ Professor Mike Jenks, Co-director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University, UK ’...innovative...a book with thought-provoking ideas.’ Built Environment '...a very interesting read...addresses issues, dichotomies and problems faced in designing programs for improvement in environmental quality of urban areas.' Australian Planner Reviews of 1997 edition: ’...an intriguing collection of international contributions...For town planners seeking new ways of tackling environmental problems in urban areas, this book is well worth reading.’ Planning ’...the book makes a valuable contribution to the widening concern to integrate environmental management with spatial planning. Urban Environmental Planning provides a useful and accessible reference source for students and planning practitioners who find they are working more with environmental issues and wish to consider how they can apply planning solution