Understanding the Process
Saskatoon Regional Growth Summit
Andrew Sancton,Professor of Political
Science, Western Universi...
A Quick Lesson in Regional
Planning
 What problem is regional planning
supposed to address?
 Please forgive simplistic s...
The perfect starting point
 There is no problem if there is one
municipality for one urban area and
that municipality is ...
The Ontario county (or part of
Saskatchewan)

town
township
city
Fringe development around city in
the absence of central control

town

Heavy purple line
Indicates fringe
development

to...
What are the problems if every
municipality acts alone?
 Infrastructure inefficiencies
 No control on negative externali...
Fixes (details to follow in
conference)
 Voluntary intermunicipal cooperation
 Special-purpose bodies for infrastructure...
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Understanding the Process - A Quick Lesson of Regional Planning

  1. 1. Understanding the Process Saskatoon Regional Growth Summit Andrew Sancton,Professor of Political Science, Western University, London asancton@uwo.ca November 20, 2013
  2. 2. A Quick Lesson in Regional Planning  What problem is regional planning supposed to address?  Please forgive simplistic slides (and simplistic narrative)that follow  I was asked to start at the beginning  Assume urban areas serviced my municipalities
  3. 3. The perfect starting point  There is no problem if there is one municipality for one urban area and that municipality is not growing City of Stability
  4. 4. The Ontario county (or part of Saskatchewan) town township city
  5. 5. Fringe development around city in the absence of central control town Heavy purple line Indicates fringe development township city Nearby growing city New suburban municipality
  6. 6. What are the problems if every municipality acts alone?  Infrastructure inefficiencies  No control on negative externalities; no incentive for positive externalities  Potential inequities  No mechanism for projecting a regional presence (possibly important for economic development)
  7. 7. Fixes (details to follow in conference)  Voluntary intermunicipal cooperation  Special-purpose bodies for infrastructure and/or planning  Municipal boundary changes (annexation/amalgamation)  Creation of multi-functional regional government  Provincial regulation  All or some of above at same time

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