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Planning Canadian Communities, 7th Edition

  • Gerald Hodge
  • David L.A. Gordon
  • Pamela Shaw
  • ISBN-10: 017670549X
  • ISBN-13: 9780176705497
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2008, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

With this edition, Planning Canadian Communities begins its 34th year of analysis of the public endeavour of community planning in the cities, towns, and regions of Canada. The past three decades have been a time of immense learning, both for the field of community planning and for the authors. Winner of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence for a Planning Publication, “Planning Canadian Communities…is being recognized for its significant contribution to the field of study in planning remaining the most recognizable and relevant textbook in planning schools across Canada.” Plan Canada lauds the book as: “…a classic in the literature dealing with Canadian community planning practice. …it is essentially without peer—as an academic text, a comprehensive lay-person’s primer, and as a basis for charting the emergence of a profession for some, a discipline for others, and a cause for all….” Planning Canadian Communities is the nation’s standard survey textbook on community planning. It provides a comprehensive view of the needs, origins, contemporary practices, and future challenges in planning Canadian cities, towns, and regions. The text describes the history of community planning in Canada, how it works today and who participates in it.


  • Case studies titled “Planning Issues” are integrated to depict how current planning problems are being dealt with in communities across Canada

  • Planning Practice chapters reflect current perspectives in the field, including those of planning for small, rural, and Aboriginal communities

  • Feature images from plans that won national awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners

  • Winner of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence for a Planning Publication

About the Author

Gerald Hodge

Gerald Hodge is one of Canada’s foremost community and regional planners. Dr. Hodge has been involved in planning, education, and research for more than 50 years. From 1973 to 1986, he was Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University and has also taught planning at the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Hawaii, the Western Australian Institute of Technology, and UBC. Among his many publications are Planning Canadian Regions (with I.M. Robinson) and Towns and Villages in Canada (with M.A. Qadeer). Now retired to Hornby Island, B.C., he continues to write on planning matters, especially those concerned with Canada’s aging population resulting in his recent book, The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors. He remains involved in local planning issues such as the Age-Friendly Communities project for his home island. In 2008, he received the CIP President's Award for his contributions. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, an M.C.P. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from UBC.

David L.A. Gordon

David Gordon is Professor and Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University. Prior to returning to Queen’s, he practised in the public and private sectors for 15 years, twice sharing the Canadian Institute of Planners’ National Award of Distinction. His publications on planning history and urban redevelopment include Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities and Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront. David has also taught urban design and development at Harvard, Pennsylvania, Ryerson, and University of Toronto. He holds a D.Des. from Harvard and an M.Pl. and B.Sc. from Queen’s.

Pamela Shaw

Pamela Shaw, FCIP, is the Director of the Master of Community Planning Program at Vancouver Island University. Pam has been a planner for over 30 years, with career experience in local and provincial government and private industry. Her recent experiences focus on working with First Nations communities on Vancouver Island on comprehensive community planning and land development. She has won numerous awards for teaching and applied learning, and was appointed as a 3M Teaching Fellow in 2018. She is also a fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was recently appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Pam holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, and a BA and MA from the University of Alberta.

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Part One: The Foundations of Canadian Community Planning
Chapter 1: The Need for Community Planning
Chapter 2: The Role of the Planner
Chapter 3: The Beginnings of Today’s Cities
Chapter 4: 19th Century Foundations of Canadian Communities
Chapter 5: Pioneering Community Planning in Canada, 1900-1945
Chapter 6: The Revival of Canadian Community Planning, 1945-2016

Part Two: Community Plan-Making in Canada
Chapter 7: The Community Plan-Making Process
Chapter 8: Regional and Metropolitan Planning
Chapter 9: The Urban Community Plan
Chapter 10: Planning Small Towns in Rural and Northern Regions

Part Three: Planning for People and Places in the Community
Chapter 11: Planning for Special Places: Neighbourhood and District Plans
Chapter 12: Planning Infrastructure Systems to Connect Communities
Chapter 13: Planning for Diverse and Healthy Communities

Part Four: Participants and Participation in Community Plan-Making
Chapter 14: Deciding Upon the Community’s Plan
Chapter 15: The Texture of Participation in Community Planning

Part Five: Implementing Community Plans
Chapter 16: Land Use Regulation
Chapter 17: Policy Tools for Plan Implementation

Epilogue: Community Planning in Canada and the Future

New to this edition

  • Entire book has been extensively revised to reflect the state of Canadian community planning practice in the early 21st century
  • New chapter on the role of planners (Chapter 2)
  • New Feature: Planner Profile boxes featuring Canadian community planners who share their stories of plans they are proud to have been involved in.
  • Content from Natural and Built Environments incorporated into Chapters 8 & 9
  • More in-depth discussion of sustainability plans for cities and the environment
  • Extensive expansion of coverage on planning with Indigenous peoples is integrated throughout the book, so that its practices might be more easily compared with other approaches
  • References to contemporary literature have been expanded to reflect the burgeoning Canadian writing on community planning
  • Full-colour illustrations and phots throughout, many of them brand new to this edition


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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