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Spatial planning

Spatial planning can be utilised to ensure environmental and circular considerations are taken into account in the allocation, development and exploitation of spatial resources. [1] As such, spatial planning is able to both directly and indirectly influence resource consumption. [2] Through the use of land use zoning tools, particular packages of land can be designated for a specific use which can mandate maximum and minimum regulatory standards to define the characteristics within each land use classification.

These spatial planning instruments can be applied at a diversity of spatial scales; from the national level, to individual plots of land. [1]


[1] Silva, E. & Acheampong, R. 2015, Developing an Inventory and Typology of Land-Use Planning Systems and Policy Instruments in OECD Countries. OECD Environment Working Papers, No. 94, OECD Publishing, Paris.

[2] Pistoni, R. & Bonin, S. 2017. Urban metabolism planning and designing approaches between quantitative analysis and urban landscape. City Territory and Architecture. An interdisciplinary debate on project perspectives, 2017 pp.4-20.

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