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    Role of new development actors in the planning process

    Hey Guys what do you think is the role of new development actors such as Urban Development Corporations or Authorities in the planning process?

    Do you think they can successfully help in the implementation of plans without undertaking piecemeal development?

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    Well I guess the use of Urban Development Corporations or Authorities to assist in implementing development programmes or as agencies to jump-start Urban Redevelopment programmes is only a feature in the UK and some Caribbean countries.

    In the Caribbean these agencies have given statutory powers that see them playing the role of planning authority and developer in their designated areas. This creates a multitude of problems as issues such as the use of development standards contrary to those set by the planning authority, development occuring without public participation and incremental development.

    Don't get me wrong there are benefits to these agencies such as their ability to fast-track projects. It's just that I believe in setting up these agencies some governments have shown a lack of vision in determining their duties.

    How is Urban Redevelopment tackled in the US?

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    Not sure how much response there will be here, since most of the cyburbanites are from smaller communities and rural areas.

    Perhaps one of the members from a larger urban area could step forward with some insight.
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    There are a few isolated instances of large cities giving some power to local organizations in order to carry out community development activities. This must be enabled by statute (local and often state as well) and there is usually a contractual relationship between the city and the organization. More often, though, there is a hodge-podge of state, regional and local governmental and private organizations undertaking the job. This is a fractured approach, and it is not that unusual to find different organizations in the same area working at cross purposes.
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