Urban planning, Liguria modifies the regional law

26/02/2021 – Put the planning of public services and infrastructures back at the center of urban planning policies, making it the fulcrum around which to build settlement structures characterized by the absence of agricultural and natural land consumption, oriented towards building recovery and urban regeneration in addition to the balanced location of general and proximity services.

It is the goal of the bill of modification of the LR 36/1997 on urban planning matters of the Liguria Region, proposed by the Councilor for Urban Planning Marco Scajola, which the Regional Council approved yesterday.

The ‘cities’ and the ‘attracting poles of the hinterland’

The changes concern the municipalities to which the regional territorial plan, currently being defined, and following the comparison with the territory, will attribute the city ​​qualification (capitals, coastal conurbations and urban valleys) and for which the municipal urban plan will be replaced by two instruments:
– the service and infrastructure plan, in which the system of public services to be implemented will be established in relation to the needs expressed by the population including that coming from the supra-municipal catchment area, with municipal and regional approval;
– the local urban plan, which will govern the use of the territory in accordance with the plan of services and infrastructures and will be the exclusive competence of the municipalities themselves, without any administrative passage in the Region.

Furthermore, the possibility of joining this new planning model is reserved for the municipalities that constitute it reference centers for the hinterland and which are defined by law “Pole of attraction”. For all other municipalities, the planning model of the municipal urban plan will remain valid, as already governed by the regional urban planning law.

Councilor Scajola: ‘efficient cities and lively hinterland’

“The law of 1997 has undergone important changes over the years, aimed at simplifying administrative procedures – he explains the commissioner Scajola -. However, it has maintained the original setting in which the municipal urban planning relating to services and infrastructures did not include an analysis of previous needs and their location in the territory ”.

Our Region has an unbalanced distribution of the urban load on the coastal territory, where services and infrastructures are more concentrated than in the hinterland and this makes the planning of urban plans more complex. To date, the urban planning law provides that during the municipal planning phase services and infrastructures are calculated on the basis of their own needs, while the municipalities of the internal areas risk gradually losing their supply of services and this ‘impoverishment’ is one of the causes of the depopulation of our beautiful hinterland “.

“The changes made to the law – continues Scajola – are preliminary to the adoption of the Regional Territorial Plan, a tool we have been working on for some time together with local administrations and stakeholders, which will serve to trace the lines for the harmonious development of the territory and improve the quality of life of Ligurians and tourists for the next twenty years. A Liguria in which the capital cities, the large coastal centers and the reference centers of the internal valleys will offer more efficient, qualified and better distributed services, with a ‘lively’ hinterland, with more opportunities, which will host innovative start-ups, and with a front sea ​​redeveloped and greener “.

“The reform – concludes Scajola – will allow the municipalities qualified as city ​​or come attracting poles of the hinterland of autonomously manage private urban planning initiatives and leave to the Region the role of supervisor for the development and placement of services and infrastructures in a harmonious way throughout the territory, weighing them on the real catchment area. This subdivision will therefore bring further administrative simplification, another element on which we worked a lot in the previous mandate and on which we intend to continue to design the Liguria of the future ”.

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