Strategic urban planning

Strategic urban planning (SUP) adopts an all-encompassing view of the city and the metropolitan dynamics. Its general objectives include clarifying which city model is desired and working towards that collective vision for the future by coordinating public and private efforts, involving citizens and stakeholders, channeling energy, adapting to new circumstances and improving the living conditions of the citizens affected.

Furthermore, strategic planning:

  • provides a methodology which helps cities identify their strengths and weaknesses, while defining the main strategies for local development.
  • brings additional dimensions to technical planning and helps prioritise to efficiently allocate resources
  • offers the possibility of involving a wider range of partners, especially from the communities and the private sector
  • improves communication and increases communities commitment.

Strategic planning differs from urban planning, and it complements other planning tools. Even where sectorial or spatial plans already exist, for example, for urban regeneration, strategic planning enhances their value by increasing the likelihood of the other objectives being met, by streamlining the planning process and making sure all objectives are complementary and do not clash or compete.

Strategic planning usually results in a planning product such as a City Development Strategy. City Development Strategies build on understanding and developing all aspects of the city, integrating technical, environmental, political, social and economic interests in the same territory

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.


TRANSFORM was a project involving six European cities - Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Genoa (Italy), Hamburg (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Lyon (France) - and thirteen partners working together to improve their policy and programs to lower carbon dioxide emissions. TRANSFORM’...


STEEP was an innovative European project delivered in partnership between the cities of San Sebastian (Spain), Bristol (United Kingdom) and Florence (Italy). These cities decided to join together to improve efficiency along all the key aspects of their energy value chain, by applying smart city...


STEP UP drew on the partner cities’ existing experience of integrated energy planning, building on this through learning and adapting experience from other cities and partners to create a coherent and easy-to-use model for energy planning. This model will be adopted in multiple cities to deliver...


By connecting scientific excellence and innovative enterprises in the energy sector with ambitious and well-organised cities, the PLEEC project aimed to reduce energy use in Europe contributing to the EU´s 20-20-20 targets. Through the run of the project, the project consortium developed individual...


The InSMART project brings together cities, scientific and industrial organizations in order to implement a comprehensive model addressing current and future city energy needs through an integrative and multidisciplinary planning approach. This approach will identify the optimum mix of short,...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

CITyFiED Site Laguna de Duero

Laguna de Duero is one of the municipalities surrounding the metropolitan area of the city of Valladolid, the administrative capital city of the Castile and León region. This metropolitan area was established based on common urban and mobility problems defined by the spatial planning directive for...

CITyFiED Site Lund

Lund is a medium-sized university city with a research-intensive industry. The town dates back a thousand years, but the number of inhabitants has grown largely during the last century and a great stock of the buildings from the 1960s and 1970s now needs retrofitting. Almost 90% of the heat demand...