(DE) (EN) (PDF) – The Planning System and Planning Terms in Germany: A Glossary | Elke Pahl-Weber, Dietrich Henckel

At a time when Europe is growing together, cooperation between countries is becoming increasingly necessary. One of the main reasons for pursuing transnational spatial development in the Baltic Sea region is to attain a common understanding of the facts of planning. The COMMIN project seeks to foster and develop this understanding and thus to establish a common communication basis for the exchange of knowledge and experience. In past years, most of the countries involved have modified existing planning law, or, in the countries that joined the European Union in 2004, completely new planning systems have been established. No overview of the current status of planning systems in Baltic Sea region countries was available. It has therefore been the task of all eleven countries taking part in the COMMIN project to prepare an account of basic institutional and spatial planning principles and to compile a glossary of key concepts in spatial planning. The two products have been elaborated in the eleven different languages and then translated into English to provide a basis for communication about systems and concepts in the world of spatial and urban planning, and hence to promote mutual understanding as a whole. The participating countries tackled these tasks in very different ways, but it was everywhere clear that no joint compendium comprising a description of the planning system and key planning concepts existed for all the countries of the Baltic Sea region. Many countries already had basic materials, like the Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) binational planning handbooks or an overview of formal planning instruments at the EU level produced by the VASAB project (cf. http://vasab.leontief.net/). This was the basis on which the project could be developed. In the interests of developing a common basis for communication, it was a particularly challenging task to provide not only a …

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