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Using Urban Planners to Increase City Sustainability through the Development Process

Version 1 : Received: 12 January 2018 / Approved: 12 January 2018 / Online: 12 January 2018 (15:57:05 CET)

How to cite: Babarinde , J.A.. Using Urban Planners to Increase City Sustainability through the Development Process. Preprints 2018, 2018010117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0117.v1). Babarinde , J.A.. Using Urban Planners to Increase City Sustainability through the Development Process. Preprints 2018, 2018010117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0117.v1).

Abstract

This paper presents an experimental scenario aimed at bridging the gap between the cities we have and the cities we need, not only in the 21st century but also beyond, using the integrated tools of development control and holistic land development model to achieve a planner-led vision of city sustainability. Due to scathing criticisms against the development control system, the paper contends that planners as development approving officers and public interest specialists are better positioned than allied professionals to increase city sustainability through a holistic development process that benefits from the concept of strong sustainability posited by ecological economists. The paper adopts a seven-stage, 56-cell land development matrix (model) to simulate the development of the typical high-rise residential condominium in Ontario, supported with secondary data and the author’s ground experience as a planner and realtor with condominium customer service experience across Toronto and Mississauga cities between 2008 and 2017. Findings reveal that planners can seize the opportunity of being leaders of the development team to synergize the risks and value creation in land development that are key drivers of strong sustainability. The paper suggests some policy implications for averting disasters like fire hazards and terror attacks in high-rise residential buildings.

Subject Areas

development process, high-rise, condominium, development control, city sustainability, Planning Authority, planner

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