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Soft planning for soft spaces. Concept of Poznań metropolitan area development – a case study

Kaczmarek Tomasz ()
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Kaczmarek Tomasz: Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Miscellanea Geographica. Regional Studies on Development, 2018, vol. 22, issue 4, 181-186

Abstract: The article presents the essence, goals and instruments of soft (informal, non-statutory) spatial planning, developed in the countries of Western Europe and relatively new in Poland. It targets areas with fuzzy borders (soft spaces) and areas between administration tiers. The article presents conceptual issues and non-formal planning tools used in Western Europe. The planning approaches which are generally described as “soft” are characterised by non-formalised and non-binding procedures, and by their focus on achieving a consensus. In the first part of the article presents the conceptual issues and further informal planning instruments used in Western European countries at different spatial scales The following section presents deficits of spatial planning of metropolitan areas and - against this background - the legitimacy of creating informal plans in Poland, using Metropolia Poznań as an example

Keywords: spatial planning; soft spaces; metropolitan area; governance; territorial; contract; Poznań Metropolitan Area (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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