Last edited 27 Apr 2022

Land-use planning

Spatial development glossary, European Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT), Territory and landscape, No 2, published by Council of Europe Publishing in 2007, states: ‘Land-use planning is a branch of public policy which encompasses various disciplines seeking to order and regulate the use of land in an efficient way. It means the scientific, aesthetic and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic, social and environmental efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities. Zoning is an important component of land-use planning. It commonly includes regulation of the kinds of activities which will be acceptable on particular lots (such as open spaces, residential, agricultural, commercial or industrial), the densities at which those activities can be performed, the amount of space structures may occupy, etc.’

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