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Organization of municipal planning processes for enhanced sustainability: examples from peri-urban areas in Stockholm, Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Sustainability Assessment and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7181-064x
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Sustainability Assessment and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0214-3921
Södertörns Högskola.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
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Abstract [en]

This study analyzes how local planning processes are organized and the possibilities to consolidate sustainability issues in urban development. The results show that the municipalities use different approaches, and that municipalities engage with challenges associated with different phases of the urban development planning process. The case study identifies three main lessons related to the enhancement of sustainability in the planning process. First, sustainability issues need to be brought into the center for consideration at an early stage of the planning process. Second, to have non-technical sustainability issues, which are often in the periphery of the planning process, become embedded in planning process, there is a need to evaluate existing rules for process participation. Third, to enhance sustainability in municipal spatial planning, there is a need to complement the existing project-based approach to planning with an ongoing learning process in which practitioners from different levels can exchange experiences and expectations regarding the existing institutional setting.

Keywords [en]
land use planning, local government, statutory planning
National Category
Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-264405DiVA, id: diva2:1373368
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QC 20191127

Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Lost in translation?: A process-oriented view on municipal spatial planning practice
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As urban areas are developing and becoming increasingly important for responding to sustainability goals and challenges, it is necessary to understand the conditions for local spatial planning practices who play a key role in shaping urban environments. This thesis aims to explore and analyze municipal spatial planning practices and spatial planning processes in the Stockholm region, Sweden. More specifically, the thesis aims to contribute to the development of municipal spatial planning practice by creating knowledge of the organization and application of the municipal spatial planning process. Based on the results of the four included studies, planning processes at different levels are used to organize embedded processes of contextualization, translation, concretization and formalization, which all play a key role for governing the municipal spatial planning process. Planners engage with processes of contextualization, translation, concretization and formalization to pursue an understanding of how to shape urban environments across unique planning situations. The use of these four processes are of importance for the cross-level interaction in local planning practice. To strengthen the cross-level interplay in municipal spatial planning, it is necessary to pay attention to the relevance of strategic plans, and the influential role of protocol (e.g. the project manuals) in shaping conditions for process participation. Moreover, the cross-level interplay can be strenghthened by designing a process which ties the different levels together and creates conditions for learning and capacity building.

Abstract [sv]

I och med att städer växer och får en allt viktigare roll i att svara upp mot etablerade hållbarhetsmål och rådande utmaningar, så är det nödvändigt att förstå förutsättningarna för den kommunala planeringspraktik som spelar en nyckelroll i stadsutvecklingen. Det övergripande syftet med denna avhandling är att utforska och analysera kommunal planeringspraktik och de kommunala planeringsprocesserna. Mer specifikt syftar avhandlingen till att bidra till en ökad kunskap om de kommunala planeringsprocessernas organisering och användning, med avsikt att stärka den kommunala planeringspraktiken. Resultaten från de fyra studierna av kommunal planering i Stockholmsregionen visar att planeringsprocessen innehåller fyra delprocesser: kontextualisering, översättning, konkretisering och formalisering. Dessa processer är viktiga för att styra den kommunala planeringsprocessen och utformningen av olika, unika, platser. Avhandlingen visar också på behovet av ett samspel mellan planeringsinstrument på olika nivåer. För att stärka samspelet mellan olika planeringsnivåer så är det särskilt viktigt att uppmärksamma strategiska planers relevans, samt hur rådande organisering påverkar möjligheten för olika kompetenser att delta i planeringsprocessen. Samspelet mellan olika nivåer kan stärkas genom att organisera en process som knyter olika planeringsnivåer samman i syfte att skapa förutsättningar för kunskapsuppbyggnad och lärande.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2019. p. 20
Series
TRITA-ABE-DLT ; 1946
Keywords
Land use planning, Planning Process, Fysisk planering, Planeringsprocess
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264407 (URN)978-91-7873-393-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-12-19, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20191128

Available from: 2019-11-28 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved

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