|Title||Evaluating the Quality of Official Community Plans in Southern British Columbia|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Journal||Journal of Planning Education and Research|
|Keywords||British Columbia, Canada, comprehensive plan, content analysis, Implementation, plan quality|
This article evaluates the quality of forty official community plans in southern British Columbia, Canada, by administering a plan quality evaluation protocol based on those developed in previous studies. Results indicate that the plans are well crafted in laying out a vision for the future and specifying goals and policies to achieve the vision. Conversely, they are weak in features relating to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, which casts doubt on the extent to which their vision statements will be realized and goals achieved. Findings corroborate those of previous researchers regarding the lack of attention paid by municipalities to plan implementation.