Article | Last updated: 21/01/2013 | Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
The purpose of the municipal planning strategy is to clarify what planning functions the municipality should initiate or continue in order to facilitate the desired development in the municipality.
Then newly elected municipal council shall present its proposal for a municipal planning strategy during the first year of the four-year electoral term. The municipal council shall clarify the municipality’s planning needs for the upcoming municipal planning period, and the further planning work will be based on the planning strategy.
The planning strategy focuses strongly on the planning being needs-based and not being made more comprehensive than necessary. The municipal planning strategy shall help the new municipal council to clarify what planning functions the municipality shall prioritise during the electoral term in order to meet the municipality’s needs.
In connection with the adoption of the municipal planning strategy, the new municipal council shall determine whether the municipal master plan shall be revised in whole or in part. The planning strategy can also be used to assess the municipality’s planning system, planning resources and the overall planning needs in the electoral term relating to municipal sub-plans.
The municipal planning strategy shall be prepared and adopted no later than one year after the municipal council is constituted. In the same period, the county councils shall adopt a regional planning strategy that shall clarify regional planning needs. This parallel process promotes better coordination of planning functions and improved follow-up of adopted plans across municipal and county borders.
The municipal planning strategy in the municipal planning system.