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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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The scaling of planning:

The scaling of planning:

Administrative levels and neighbourhood mobilisation as obstacles to planning consensus

Chapter:
(p.261) 14 The scaling of planning
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Community action and planning
Author(s):

Pierre Filion

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.003.0014

Reflecting on experiences in Canada, the author begins by examining the necessarily ‘integrative nature of planning’ and what this means for planning across different scales. He examines issues of scaling by taking a transect from the province of Ontario, through the city of Waterloo and down to a neighbourhood organisation. He observes that ‘scaling fosters the emergence of communities of interest specific to each scale’ and that the interaction of these communities determines the extent to which messages are clearly communicated up and down and whether interventions at the top are shaped by aspirations at the bottom. This chapter provides a general critique of scaling in planning, applied here to the wider decision-making environment in which community or neighbourhood organisations find themselves.

Keywords:   scaling of planning, administrative levels, neighbourhood mobilisation, planning consensus

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