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Living on ‘scenery and fresh air’: history, land-use planning, and environmental regulation in the Gulf Islands

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dc.contributor.author Weller, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-02T15:23:27Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-30T11:22:07Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7248
dc.description.abstract This study examines changing conceptions of the Southern Gulf Islands, an archipelago on the coast of British Columbia, through the twentieth century. By drawing on ideas put forward by government officials, journalists, residents, and travellers it develops an explanation for how and why a conception of the Gulf Islands as a ‘special’ or ‘unique’ pastoral landscape emerged as a result of interactions between individuals and groups, and their political, social, economic, and physical environments. It then examines how these ideas in turn influenced the development of land-use policies and programs, and in particular how an innovative, overarching planning commission called the Islands Trust emerged in 1974 as a mechanism devoted to limiting development and defending the Islands as a pastoral landscape of leisure. More than reflecting such a pastoral depiction of the Islands, the initiatives undertaken by the newly formed Trust ascribed to the idea that a defining lifestyle, characterized by arcadian pursuits such as mixed farming, boutique logging, handicrafts, or the arts, was legitimate for such a landscape. By embracing such a conception of the Gulf Islands’ environment, the Islands Trust endeavoured to preserve and create this landscape through an agenda that supported farmland, forest, and open space retention, and encouraged those activities deemed to be in keeping with the unique ‘character’ of the Islands. The initial work of enshrining the pastoral ‘character’ of the Islands into land-use planning policies and programs by the Trust laid a framework for ongoing efforts to shape the landscape, economy, development, and identity of the region into the present day. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Gulf Islands en_US
dc.subject Environmental History en_US
dc.subject Islands Trust en_US
dc.subject History of Land-Use Planning en_US
dc.title Living on ‘scenery and fresh air’: history, land-use planning, and environmental regulation in the Gulf Islands en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rajala, Richard
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0334 en_US


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