General Data
Name of instrument Regional Planning Association (= Planungsverband)
Country AT
Spatial level regional
Type Voluntary approaches and agreements / cooperation
Subtype Voluntary, but binding contracts
Description Mandatory association among local authorities, promoting the cooperation concerning spatial planning on a regional level. The Regional Planning Associations are constituted by the representatives (mayors and members of the community council) of the constituted communes. They may employ own staff (planners, administrators). The objective is to harmonize the spatial planning on an intercommunal level. Most imoportant instrument to reduce the traditional competition between neighbouring municipalities and the only way to enable a long-term optimized teamwork in the field of land take.
General objectives Optimisation of regional development on the basis of regional plans and programmes.
General objectives keywords inter-municipal cooperation; land development; planning principles;
Responsible Local authority/Municipal council
Stakeholder Involved Local authority/Municipal council;
General assessment of strength and weakness Strength: main focus on regional development; high decision-making authority; efficient work due to the small working team, consisting of people with high decision making power. efficiency due to the informal way of working;
Weakness: efficiency can be at risk if ones personal interest comes to the fore�
Date of entry 23.03.2007
Legal status mandatory
Extension all municipalities
Comment The association for regional plannings can not be forced to work on practicable solutions. Some associations for regional plannings are very active, others are more reserved. Conclusions are made public but not how they were accomplished.
Type of monitoring none
Preconditions for implementation
Best practise example Association for regional plannings of Aldrans, Sistrans and Lans
Example Abstract Association for regional plannings of Aldrans, Sistrans and Lans with the establishment of a joint business park and the aim to settle high quality businesses.
General comment This organisational instrument is only excisting since a year, but seems to be very successfull in all areas of regional development and is based on a decree of the federal state.
Status strong direct relevance
Ranking 4
Remark -
Status -
Ranking 0
Remark new instrument, implemented since one year, acceptance not yet assessable
Status -
Ranking 5
Remark -
Status Political will, legislation
Ranking 4
Remark -
Status Acceptability, perpetuity
Ranking 2
Remark Direction and type of effect depending on the interpretation of the role of the association