Local planning for sustainable development

Caroline Saunders (AERU, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand)
Paul Dalziel (AERU, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Publication date: 17 August 2010



The purpose of this paper is to explore how a “capital‐based” framework can be used by a small local government to plan sustainable development to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well‐being of their communities.


This New Zealand case study develops a framework for local government action and applies it to measure stocks of human made, natural, human, social and cultural capital for a small rural district.


The conclusions find that it is possible to apply a capital‐based framework to local government planning, despite some data gaps, especially in the areas of social and cultural capital.

Practical implications

The framework for local government action developed in the paper provides a well‐structured guide for planning investment in capital to promote the well‐being of local communities.


Sustainable development indicator (SDI) frameworks are becoming commonplace at the national level; this paper shows how an SDI framework can be used to guide planning at the local government level.



Saunders, C. and Dalziel, P. (2010), "Local planning for sustainable development", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 252-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506201011068246

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