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Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Development, Second Edition

By Jane Silberstein, M.A., Chris Maser

CRC Press – 2013 – 296 pages

Series: Social Environmental Sustainability

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    978-1-46-658114-2
    October 25th 2013

Description

Thirteen years ago, the first edition of Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Development examined the question: is the environmental doomsday scenario inevitable? It then presented the underlying concepts of sustainable land-use planning and an array of alternatives for modifying conventional planning for and regulation of the development of land. This second edition captures current success stories, showcasing creative, resilient strategies for fundamentally changing the way we alter our landscape.

See What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Explains the relationship between innovative land-use planning and nature’s impartial, inviolate biophysical principles that govern the outcome of all planning
  • Focuses on how decision making that flows from and aligns with nature’s biophysical principles benefits all generations by consciously protecting and maintaining social-environmental sustainability
  • Proposes an alternative framework for municipal comprehensive plans framing the community as a living system

Written by two experienced professionals in sustainable development planning, the second edition revisits the successes as well as barriers to progress associated with establishing new community development models, such as EcoMunicipalities. The authors emphasize the necessity and potency of citizen involvement and initiatives. They provide proposals for alternative approaches that rest on lessons from history as well as the research, wisdom, and vision of many individuals and communities whose work they have studied. The book supplies a sturdy platform on which to continually build and innovate progress in sustainable land use planning.

Reviews

"A comprehensive and visionary approach to land-use planning that grounds the unfolding of human communities and economies within an underlying matrix of living systems. This book should help reinvigorate the planning profession at a time of unprecedented change, complexity, and need for resilience."

—Stuart Cowan, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

"Silberstein and Maser help us imagine a world in which life is valued more than money and the purpose of business is to serve people, community, and nature."

—David Korten, Board chair for YES! Magazine and author, Agenda for a New Economy

Contents

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE CONCEPT

The Elements of Sustainability

Human Relationships

Summary

Endnotes

TRUE COMMUNITY IS FOUNDED ON A SENSE OF PLACE, HISTORY, AND TRUST

Community History

Money Versus Wealth

The Value of Social Capital

Reweaving the Social Fabric

Grieving for Our Environmental/Social Losses

Of Leisure and Community

Summary

Endnotes

NATURE’S INVIOLABLE BIOPHYSICAL PRINCIPLES AND LAND USE PLANNING

Principle 1—Everything Is a Relationship

Principle 2—All Relationships Are Inclusive and Productive of an Outcome

Principle 3—The Only True Investment in Our Global Ecosystem Is Energy from Sunlight

Principle 4—All Systems Are Defined by Their Function

Principle 6—All Relationships Are Self-Reinforcing Feedback Loops

Principle 7—All Relationships Have One or More Trade-Offs

Principle 8—Change Is a Process Of Eternal Becoming

Principle 9—All Relationships Are Irreversible

Principle 10—All Systems Are Based on Composition, Structure, and Function

Principle 11—All Systems Have Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds

Principle 12—All Systems Are Cyclical, but None Are Perfect Circles

Principle 13—Systemic Change Is Based on Self-Organized Criticality

Principle 14—Dynamic Disequilibrium Rules All Systems

Summary

Endnotes

PLANNING FOR A LOCAL LIVING ECONOMY: REINVENTING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Living Economy Defined

Community as Ecosytem

Comprehensive Plan for a Local Living Economy

Summary

Endnotes

PLANNING FOR A LOCAL LIVING ECONOMY: NATURE’S BIOPHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Protecting Nature’s Free Services

Protecting Diversity through Constraints to Development and Land Use Planning

The Misguided Role of Today’s Planning for Transportation

When A Community’s Population Begins to Destroy Its Quality of Life

In The End, It Is a Question Of Biological Carrying Capacity Versus Cultural Carrying Capacity

Summary

Endnotes

REFRAMING THE PROBLEM

All of Life Is Cyclic

We Make What We Are

Humankind in Amnesia

Competing Instincts and Ecological Unconscious

Removing the Blame Factor

Summary

Endnotes

MODELING THE PLANNING PROCESS AFTER NATURE

Zero Waste

Diversity within the Planning Process

Strengthening The Flow of Energy Through Self-Organization

Free-Flowing Communication

Open Space Planning, an Alternative Process

Step-By-Step: A Suggested Process for Developing a Comprehensive Plan

Summary

Endnotes

IMPLEMENTING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Zoning Ordinances

Transitioning to Local Living Economy Land Use Practices

Other Regulatory Approaches to Land Use Control

Non-Regulatory Methods of Controlling Land Use

Summary

Endnotes

MONITORING PROGRESS

Change and Our Perception of It

Creating Measures of Progress

Outputs Vs. Outcomes

Summary

Endnotes

ONGOING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT—CITIZENS AS PLANNERS

Knowing Our Audience

What Do We Need To Be Communicating and How

Is a "Paradigm Shift" Occurring?

Barriers to Overcome

Summary

Endnotes

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