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Laura Capel Tatjer

The economic evaluation of regional planning: A tool for a sustainable development?

Laura Capel Tatjer
Departament de Ciencies Polítiques i Socials - Universitat P

*Julia Bosch Jou
Institut d'Estudis Territorials - UPF

François Cougoule
Institut d'Estudis Territorials

Gissel Ferrari
Departament d'Economia - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Sergi Solanas
Institut d'Estudis Territorials

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     Last modified: May 16, 2007
     Presentation date: 06/12/2007 11:45 AM in ISCTE-II C201
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The economic relevance of regional planning lies beyond its implementation, as its proposals have consequences for the future development of a territory. Planning becomes a necessary tool to offer alternatives to regional economies that face its immersion in a global economy. The kind of proposals developed will influence the economic growth, hence the relevance of evaluating its impact in the productive structure of a territory.

This paper presents and analyses an innovative methodology for economic evaluation of territorial planning that is being developed in Catalonia (Spain). The Catalan government is designing territorial plans (Plans Territorials Parcials) for the different counties of this Autonomous Community, each of them having this methodology applied. Catalonia and Spain have made a very intensive and speculative use of its territory, which has made its economy to be called “brick-based economy”. The current Catalan Territorial Plans have as main goal to favour a more sustainable use of space, not forgetting how this can help economic development. The methodology developed takes the productive structure of a given territory and evaluates how the Territorial Plan is positive for economic development on the medium and long term, examining its effects in each productive sector, and proposing alternative models if needed.

The paper is structured as follows: a first theoretical discussion on the economic sense of territorial planning; secondly, we present the evolution of territorial planning in Catalonia. The third part presents the methodology for economic evaluation of territorial planning, by comparing two current plans developed in some Catalan counties. Last, we ask how this methodology can be useful for sustainable development and discuss the political and social conflicts that might prevent its real implementation.

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