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Linking Planning Theories with Factors Influencing Local Environmental-Plan Quality

Zhenghong Tang and Samuel D Brody
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Zhenghong Tang: Community and Regional Planning Program, 302 Architecture Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0105, USA
Samuel D Brody: Environmental Planning and Sustainability Research Unit, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3137, USA

Environment and Planning B, 2009, vol. 36, issue 3, 522-537

Abstract: The major planning theories provide a theoretical foundation for environmental planning. This study extends the major planning theories and develops a robust conceptual framework to measure the key factors influencing local environmental-plan quality. A random sample of forty Californian local comprehensive land-use plans and associated planning processes is analyzed to identify the critical factors influencing environmental-plan quality. Results from multiple regression analysis indicate that regular updating, environmental-information management and sharing, and planners contribute significantly to local environmental-plan quality. The findings expand established planning theories and practice by suggesting ways to improve local environmental-plan quality.

Date: 2009
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