KEY FEATURES OF REGIONAL PLANNING

REGIONAL PLANNING IS DESCRIBED AND DISCUSSED WITH EMPHASIS ON THE TRUE ASPECTS OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: THE MAKING OF CHOICES FROM ALTERNATIVE MEANS (OR SYSTEM DESIGNS) FOR ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVE UNDER EXISTING CONSTRAINTS, AND EVALUATION OF RESULTS OBTAINED (IN SUBSTANTIVE AND POLITICAL PAYOFF COIN). REGIONAL PLANNING IS HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON AN UNDERSTANDING OF LOCATION FACTORS. BECAUSE COSTS ARE ALWAYS ATTACHED TO THE TRANSPORT OF MATERIALS AND GOODS, ECONOMIC ACCESS (WHICH DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND TERMINAL SYSTEM) PLAYS A LARGE ROLE IN DETERMINING THE LINKAGES AND INTERRELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE ACTIVITIES SUBSYSTEMS. THE CITIES PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THIS PROCESS: THEY (1) REPRESENT THE FOCAL POINTS OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, (2) ENCOURAGE LABOR SPECIALIZATION OR AREAL SPECIALIZATION IN PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES, (3) ENCOURAGE EFFICIENCY IN THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICE COMPONENTS OF THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM, AND (4) MAKE POSSIBLE ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND OF AGGLOMERATION. EACH PHASE OF THE TOTAL REGIONAL PLANNING PROCESS HAS ITS OWN REQUIREMENTS SO FAR AS SCOPE, CONTENT, AND METHODS ARE CONCERNED. A HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE IS GIVEN OF FEATURES OF REGIONAL PLANNING. THE INFORMATION-ANALYSIS PHASE IS EMPHASIZED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF A HYPOTHETICAL PLANNING AGENCY. THE PLANNING-PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING-OPERATIONAL PHASES ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 34, No 3, PP 153-159
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Planners

    1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Perloff, H S
  • Publication Date: 1968-5

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  • Accession Number: 00239127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1994 12:00AM