Urban Planning and Real Estate Development

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Preface

There is an oft-used sequence in Through the looking glass, where Alice and the Red Queen are running as fast as they can, but the trees and other things appear to move with them. Alice says, “In our country, you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing. ” “A slow sort of country, “said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place”. The world of planning and development is not “A slow sort of country”. Fluctuating economic conditions, new legislative frameworks, political and social swings, advances in information technology and communications, and innovations in management theory and practice, all conspire to create a climate of constant change. Indeed, the very impetus for writing this book was to provide as up-to-date as possible a text on the twin processes of planning and development for practitioners and students alike, recognizing that pace of change and the need, so far as possible, to keep up.

This book is addressed primarily to students of real estate studies, in all its guises (estate management, land management, land economy, general practice surveying and real estate), and town and country planning in all its various forms (urban planning, urban and regional planning, environmental planning and town planning). It is also intended to provide an explanatory guide for other allied courses concerned with the stewardship of the built environment, such as architecture, urban design, engineering, building, surveying, economics and law. Those engaged in professional practice across the disciplines of the built environment should also find the text to be a useful source of reference.

The book is divided fundamentally into two portions, the first, Parts Two and Three, being devoted primarily to what might be considered “planning” matters, and the second, Parts Four and Five, dealing with essentially “development” issues. This major body of text is then topped and tailed by introductory and concluding chapters that respectively set the context for urban planning and real estate development and address some of the most pressing questions that presently face the planning profession and the development industry. It will be appreciated by readers that planning and development are two sides of the same built environment coin, the currency of which is devalued by an over-emphasis upon one at the cost to the other, and equally diminished by a neglect of the special qualities and characteristics of both. An appropriate balance has, it is hoped, been struck by the

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