Welcome

The Planning Evaluation Lab (PEL) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) focuses on the effectiveness of the municipal government land use planning function. Our projects involve evaluating the content and quality of municipal official community plans and related documents, examining whether and to what extent plans and policies are implemented, and exploring the role that government planners play in helping to achieve plan goals. The overarching goal of our work at the PEL is to foster more effective land use planning that promotes sustainable development goals at the municipal level.

PEL is directed by Dr. Mark Stevens, and while the lab was formally established in 2013, its research activities began in 2009 when Dr. Stevens joined the School of Community & Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC. To date, PEL has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the UBC Hampton Fund, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

 

What’s New?

It has been a busy but exciting year for the faculty and students at PEL!

We are happy to share with you some results from two different surveys we conducted with municipal governments in BC this past winter and spring, one that focused on climate change planning (Climate Change Planning Survey) and another that focused on updating official community plans (OCP Survey).

Please click on the links below to see results for the surveys:

Climate Change Planning Survey – No Targets (NOTE: This version of the survey was distributed to municipalities that, according to our records, had not adopted a community-wide target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as of November, 2015)

Climate Change Planning Survey – Provincial Targets (NOTE: This version of the survey was distributed to municipalities that according to our records, had adopted part or all of the provincial target (33% reduction relative to 2007 levels by 2020, and/or 80% reduction by 2050) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as of November, 2015)

Climate Change Planning Survey – Unique Targets (NOTE: This version of the survey was distributed to municipalities that, according to our records, had adopted a unique target (i.e. different from the provincial target) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as of November, 2015)

OCP Survey Results