Local Government Strategic vs. Short-cited Centralized Planning: The Gap between Planning and Implementation of Sport Development Projects in Israeli Cities

Authors: Gidon Jakar*, University of Michigan
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Strategic planning, sports facilities, urban infrastructure, local government
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Stones Throw 2 - Slate, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This study explores the variety of public approaches towards large-scale professional sport facility planning and development in Israel through interviews with public and private officials, examination of planning and policy documents in five cities, and a comparison between plans and actual development. An economically viable approach that includes a sound business plan and adaptability to scale is contrasted with a centralized un-business like and economically unaccountable approach. The latter approach fails to adopt sound business and strategic plans, focusing rather on centralized monopolistic-like approach. Municipal fiscal stress is exacerbated, plans did not materialize, and new private investments and urban development are scant. While some projects reveal an inadequate and outdated approach to the development of new urban areas surrounding sport facilities, leadership remains capable of steering projects away from previous pitfalls by revisiting and possibly revising the original plans and adopting a strategic planning approach to land use development.

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