Assessing sustainable development gaps between the state and local jurisdictions

Zhenghong Tang

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State mandates and guidelines significantly influence local land use planning; however few studies have been conducted to empirically detect the gaps in sustainable environmental planning between the state and local jurisdictions. This paper analyses the California Governor's Environmental Goals and Policy Report (EGPR) and 116 local comprehensive land use plans to develop a set of measurable indicators to detect gaps in local planning efforts to incorporate state goals and policies. Descriptive results indicate that the local jurisdictions reached approximately half of the state's sustainable environmental planning goals. The major gaps existed in some region-wide, global-wide, long-term, cumulative, and strategically critical environmental elements. Regression results further highlight the major factors that significantly influenced local jurisdictions' environmental planning abilities. Six policy recommendations are provided to reduce these gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-289
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Gap
  • environmental planning
  • land use
  • local jurisdictions
  • sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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