An Evaluation of the Role of Port Administration in Comprehensive Planning and Management of the Canadian Coast—The Example of Vancouver

by J. Paul Georgison, Simon Fraser Univ, Burnaby, Canada,
J. C. Day, Simon Fraser Univ, Burnaby, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The current institutional approach adopted to plan and regulate developments in Canada's major ports is assessed. To determine the effectiveness of the Canadian approach, the Vancouver Port Corporation is compared with the organization, purposes, and management strategies used in the Port of Seattle, WA. The institutional frameworks adopted for port governance in the two cities are fundamentally different. Existing arrangements for planning and regulating Port of Seattle shoreline uses are superior to its Vancouver counterpart in terms of integrated harbor management. Comparative evaluation reveals that institutional and legal reform is necessary to facilitate sustainable coastal management in Canada's largest port.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Coastal management | Management methods | Corporations | Urban areas | Organizations | Urban and regional development | Shoreline protection | Canada | Seattle | Washington | United States | Vancouver | British Columbia

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