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Sustainable development in the Vancouver-Seattle corridor: a system for transborder planning Patrinick, Steve Jay


The implementation of planning goals and objectives, including the goal of regional sustainability, requires cooperation and a degree of social unity, or cohesion, within society. In large, complex societies, a system of legally established planning mechanisms is also required to make and implement the public policies that express societal goals and objectives. In many regions, such as the Vancouver—Seattle Corridor, planners have another obstacle to implementing their communities’ visions: jurisdictional boundaries that segment otherwise contiguous populations. In order to effectively implement the common goals and values of such a divided region, a planning system is needed that will transcend political boundaries. Many multijurisdictional regions have developed mechanisms in order to make and implement policies, and to provide advice to governing authorities. These mechanisms are considered as possible models for the components of a transborder planning system for sustainable development in the Vancouver—Seattle Corridor. A theoretical planning system is constructed and presented to a set of targeted individuals for evaluation. Many conflicts emerge between the theoretical planning system and the political realities of the study region. The goal of sustainability requires the resolution of such conflicts in the Vancouver—Seattle Corridor and in other planning regions.

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