The social element of the municipal master plan

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of the Environment

The social element shall concern long-term challenges relating to the environment and goals and strategies for the municipal community and the municipality as an organisation, and the sectors and select target groups.

It should describe and assess alternative strategies for social development, sector activities and long-term land use needs, and determine what strategy the municipality will use as basis in its further work. The social element should describe the connection between long-term goals and strategies and their physical consequences.

The sector planning should be based on the social element and provide guidelines and framework conditions for sector activities and for the population. The social element shall also form the basis for overriding priorities in the land use element of the plan.

The social element of the municipal master plan is the tool used for the municipality’s overall planning. It has two main components: the municipal community as a whole and the municipality as an organisation.

Through its work on the social element of the municipal master plan, the municipality shall emphasise important challenges relating to social development and highlight its strategic choices. This is particularly important for key social conditions such as public health, children and young people, integration, business and industry policy etc.

The municipal master plan shall also highlight challenges, goals and strategies for the municipality as an organisation. The social element of the municipal master plan shall provide overriding goals for planning within sectors and guidelines for implementing the municipality’s own goals and strategies through its activities.

Tool for overall strategic management

The social element shall draw up strategic choices for the development of the municipal community and the municipality as an organisation. The social element is thereby an expedient tool for overall strategic management. This is enhanced by linking the implementation element to the social element, which enables stronger strategic management and prioritisation of tasks. The implementation element should be integrated into the municipality’s financial management and performance assessment system. This applies to financial plans, budgets, accounts and annual reports.