Community Impact Evaluation: Principles And Practice by Nathaniel Lichfield

By Nathaniel Lichfield

It is a paintings summarizing in a single quantity the pioneering technique of the writer to public-interest decision-taking within the box of city & neighborhood making plans. This ebook is geared toward scholars, researchers and execs in making plans. Nathaniel Lichfield first brought in his ''Economics of deliberate Development'' the idea that, in any use and improvement of land, the normal ''development stability sheet'' of the builders had to be followed through a ''planning stability sheet'' ready by means of the making plans officer or making plans authority. Over the 40 years in view that this paintings was once released, the writer has dropped at the operational point the ''planning stability sheet'', with many case reports, essentially for consultancy reasons. the current identify displays the incorporation throughout the Seventies of the then rising box of environmental impression evaluation.

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By contrast, wicked problems, being nearly all issues of public policy, have neither of these clarifying traits. To Hardin (1984), the difficulty arises where individual or group interests compete with those of the whole society or collectively. These are “no technical solution problems”. 1 The field Much of the above can be encapsulated in what is termed “decision theory”. This can be descriptive, of how decisions were in fact made (Schaffer & Corbett 1966); or prescriptive or normative (that is how decisions should be made if they are to be improved in effectiveness (Braybrooke & Lindblom 1963, Friend & Jessop 1969).

In this the Ministry addressed itself to three major defects which had appeared in the current system: First, it has become overloaded and subject to delays and cumbersome procedures. 2 MODELLING THE SYSTEM 21 regard to his interests. Third, the system has been better as a negative control on undesirable development than as a positive stimulus to the creation of a good environment. These are the main defects which the revision of the system must tackle and the Government propose to remedy them.

Intelligence and information: for example, improve upon the supply of data, information on proposed development projects, intentions and programmes of the planning authority. ; rationalization of land release and infrastructure investment, etc. • Fiscal measures: such as taxation, both general and specific, and financial incentives, such as subsidies, which influence the economics of development projects. Where they are not project specific, as in subsidies for car-parking or housing, the impacts are generalized; indeed they have been called the “urban impacts of non-urban policies” (Glickman 1980), as for example taxation relief for expenditure on commuting by public transport or rehabilitation of historic buildings; or subsidies via development for welfare and education services.

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