Sustainable Community Planning and Development

Mark Roseland, Maria Spiliotopoulou

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This article examines planning and implementation for sustainable development at the community level, or "sustainable community development" (SCD). A sustainable community is continually adjusting to meet the social and economic needs of its residents while preserving the environmentâ™s ability to support it. For SCD, it is useful to think of community in terms of capital, i.e., local assets and resources that can produce benefits through investment. Achieving community sustainability requires mobilizing citizens and their governments to strengthen all forms of community capital, as participatory planning is critical to the sustainable development process-from visioning to results evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128046777
ISBN (Print)9780128047927
StatePublished - Jul 4 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Citizen participation
  • Community planning
  • Local sustainability initiatives
  • Researcherâ"practitioner collaboration
  • Strong sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable community development
  • Sustainable development
  • Tools for local sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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