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Growth management : preserving livability in Greater Vancouver Bannister, Carl William


The intent of this thesis is twofold. First, to investigate the feasibility of a comprehensive and integrated growth management approach to the complex, pervasive, and persistent growth issues threatening Greater Vancouver's Hvability. Second, to establish the parameters of a growth management strategy tailored to the needs and requirements of the Greater Vancouver region, and the supportive institutional conditions necessary for its effective and efficient implementation and operation. These tasks were accomplished through a systematic review and analysis of: contemporary growth management theory; Canadian and American experiences with the application of this theory; the theoretical and administrative foundations of land-use planning; Greater Vancouver's growth issues and concerns, including past and current efforts to address these issues and concerns; and, Greater Vancouver's institutional environment, including systems of governance and organizational structures. The thesis concludes that the development, implementation, and enduring support of a comprehensive, integrated growth management program can achieve the preservation of Greater Vancouver's Hvability. This is, however, contingent on the undertaking of several critical actions including: legislative enactment of a comprehensive and binding growth management program; restoration of regional planning powers; continued political and public support for regional growth management and, the development and support of an ongoing public process designed to build consensus, educate, and generate feedback.

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