Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Planning Education and Research

Publisher

Sage Publications

Publication Date

7-8-2016

Publisher location

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

First Page

322

Last Page

333

Issue Number

3

Volume Number

37

Abstract/ Summary

How and why small municipalities promote sustainability through planning efforts is poorly understood. We analyzed ordinances in 451 Maine municipalities and tested theories of policy adoption using regression analysis.We found that smaller communities do adopt programs that contribute to sustainability relevant to their scale and context. In line with the political market theory, we found that municipalities with strong environmental interests, higher growth, and more formal governments were more likely to adopt these policies. Consideration of context and capacity in planning for sustainability will help planners better identify and benefit from collaboration, training, and outreach opportunities.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Vanessa R. Levesque, Kathleen P. Bell, Aram J. K. Calhoun (2016) Planning for Sustainability in Small Municipalities: The Influence of Interest Groups, Growth Patterns, and Institutional Characteristics, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 37:3, 322 - 333, DOI:10.1177/0739456X16655601

Publisher Statement

© 2017, © SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/0739456X16655601

Version

post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing with all author corrections and edits)

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