Evaluating the Quality of Official Community Plans in Southern British Columbia

TitleEvaluating the Quality of Official Community Plans in Southern British Columbia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStevens, M
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume33
Pagination471–490
KeywordsBritish Columbia, Canada, comprehensive plan, content analysis, Implementation, plan quality
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1177/0739456X13505649