Resilient Master Planning in Conservative Lakeshore Communities

Authors: Stephen Buckman*, University of South Florida
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: resiliency, master plans, conservative communities
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The basis of this paper will be to discuss how to plan and work with politically conservative communities who are often opposed to land use changes and property restrictions. Planners are well trained to see ways to make the urban form “better” but we often overlook the fact that many people simple do not want we propose. Considering that the US is inherently a suburban nation which takes property rights very seriously, telling a community that they need to curtail certain property rights for the betterment of the overall community is often a daunting task. As the Trump election shows, there are a lot of “smart people” who are out of step with what people think. Planners need to remember not everyone wants to be Portland. Thus this paper will discuss why people in conservative communities think the way they do, often and supporting polices that go against their best interests. The theoretical basis of the paper will further be examined through the case study of three politically conservative Lake Michigan communities who participated in a resilient master planning process.

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