The latest edition of the RTPI’s academic journal Planning Theory and Practice (volume 16, issue 2) is out now.
This issue includes articles on a wide range of issues. In a free to access article, Kirk Brewer and Jill Grant from Dalhousie University, Canada, consider the challenges of achieving planning targets for density, urban intensification and mixed-use in particular for suburbs in mid-sized cities with relatively slow rates of growth. They look at suburbs in Dartmouth, Halifax over the last 50 years. This case illustrates the difficulty of changing engrained suburban patterns because of market forces, conflicting regulations, demographic shifts, and local conditions. Although policies generally support compact form and fine-grained mix, suburban development practices can remain remarkably resilient. Photo credit: Antoine Belaieff
In her latest blog on land-use, urban form and infrastructure - the $1trillion question based on an article in the current edition of Planning Theory and Practice, Victoria Pinoncely, RTPI Research Officer states:
"Because of their economic dynamics and political character differ from those of fast-growing metropolises, smaller cities may prove less receptive to changes in policy and development practice. While high land costs and low availability influence densities and land-use patterns in large centres with rapid growth, land costs remain relatively low in cities such as Halifax. Policies may recommend compact form for new suburban development, but planners can lack the mechanisms to require developers to shift to an urbanised pattern because of homebuyers’ (supposed) preferences and the absence of a strong market for high density mixed housing and mixed use."
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