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 demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

PLEEC Site Eskilstuna

Cities can make use of existing infrastructure to boost their energy efficiency. As a result of careful planning, the Swedish city of Eskilstuna became the first city to colour sort six different fractions of household waste in 2010. Optical sorting was seen as a cheap and flexible system and...

PLEEC Site Jyväskylä

Societies are facing a drastic decline in natural resources, growing population and climate change, which is forcing them towards a wiser use of resources. As a consequence, recycling‐based economies, energy efficiency and cooperation between companies to save materials are becoming more common...

PLEEC Site Santiago de Compostela

The historic, UNESCO designated city of Santiago de Compostela has several urban and climatic features that can be considered positive for energy efficiency. However, the topic has not been a high priority issue for neither the society nor the municipal authorities, and thus local urban plans do...

PLEEC Site Tartu

Many Estonians live in energy inefficient, poorly constructed Soviet era apartment buildings. As a consequence, the average annual heating energy used in the buildings is higher than in other industrial nations with a similar climate. With rising energy costs, household energy consumption is no...

PLEEC Site Turku

Decentralization of energy supply enables new settlement structures in all kinds of populated areas. For example, different forms of individual heat pumps can be applied in sparsely populated areas, whereas cluster solutions with a decentralized, low‐energy heating grid can take advantage of energy...