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

TRANSFORM was a collaboration involving six European cities – Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Genoa (Italy), Hamburg (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Lyon (France) – and 13 partners working together to improve their policy and programmes to lower carbon dioxide emissions.   The... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,
SCIS Clusters : Urban Planning Projects, SCIS Clusters : Strategic sustainable urban planning

STEEP

STEEP (Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning) 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 adopting a ‘systems thinking’... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,
SCIS Clusters : Urban Planning Projects, SCIS Clusters : Strategic sustainable urban planning

STEP-UP

The STEP-UP project brought together four European cities – Glasgow, Ghent, Gothenburg and Riga, along with research organisations and businesses – with the aim to improve the integration of energy and urban planning, to help cities enhance their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), as... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,
SCIS Clusters : Urban Planning Projects, SCIS Clusters : Strategic sustainable urban planning

PLEEC

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. The project followed a place-based approach to enforce endogenous urban... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,
SCIS Clusters : Urban Planning Projects, SCIS Clusters : Strategic sustainable urban planning

InSMART

The InSMART project brought together cities and scientific and industrial organisations in order to implement a comprehensive model addressing a city’s current and future energy needs through an integrative and multidisciplinary planning approach. This approach identified the optimum mix of short,... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,
SCIS Clusters : Urban Planning Projects, SCIS Clusters : Strategic sustainable urban planning