Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
| Editors: Michael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Siu-Kui Au

Land Use Planning Following an Earthquake Disaster

  • Wendy SaundersEmail author
  • Suzanne Vallance
  • Ljubica Mamula-Seadon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_358


Canterbury; Governance; Post-earthquake; Pre-event; Recovery


The term “land use planning” covers many aspects of planning: spatial, urban design, heritage, transportation, recreation, access to education, health facilities, natural hazards, landscape, biodiversity, air and water quality, affordable housing, cultural values, sustainability, etc., and this is not a complete list of the many aspects and parts to land use planning. A planner may specialize in one of these aspects, e.g., a transportation planner, or be a generalist ― knowing a little about many aspects of planning.

There are many definitions of land use planning; however, March and Henry ( 2007, p. 17) provide a concise discussion on what planning, and more specifically land use planning, is. They state:

Land-use planning … is focussed upon establishing the best spatial arrangements of land use, development, and management … To do this, land-use planning is confronted with the task of establishing which...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy Saunders
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suzanne Vallance
    • 2
  • Ljubica Mamula-Seadon
    • 3
  1. 1.GNS ScienceLower HuttNew Zealand
  2. 2.Lincoln UniversityChristchurchNew Zealand
  3. 3.Centre for Infrastructure Research at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand