Planning for Regional Renewal
Heywood, Philip R. (2005) Planning for Regional Renewal. In Impacts of Planning - New Zealand Planning Institute & Planning Institute Australia Congress, 2 -5 April 2006, Gold Coast Convention Centre. (Unpublished)
Integrated regional planning can help shape the social and physical renewal required to respond to current rapid change. Decision-taking can be devolved, participation promoted, regional networks of production and culture developed, coherent planning and servicing of settlements introduced beyond local government boundaries, and resource consumption and pollution controlled. Examples of success include regions in Europe and North America based on cultural self renewal, inclusive creativity, economic vitality and communication, self sustaining environmental quality and the empowering effects of participatory governance. Their planning can draw on a wide range of well established regional methods, ranging from long established central place theory to ideas of wholeness recently developed by Christopher Alexander (2002). Well established practices of advocacy, voluntarism, institutional innovation and regular evaluation can be linked to build the regional consciousness and institutions required to implement these solutions.
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