Governance of Land Use in Poland

The Case of Lodz

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Lodz – the third largest city in Poland – is undertaking several major projects that have the potential to significantly reinvigorate the economy. Following the collapse of its traditional manufacturing industries in the late 1990s, Lodz went through a period of economic decline. A series of infrastructure investments and new developments are presently transforming its city centre and increasing its transportation connectivity. Coherent land-use practices across the areas where people live and work will be critical for the city and its surrounding communities to develop in a socially, environmentally, and fiscally sustainable way. This case study of the governance of land use in Lodz illustrates many promising practices and offers guidance on how to make the governance structure and planning system more coherent and robust both in Lodz, and in Poland more generally. This is the first in a series of five case studies on the governance of land use, which will culminate in a synthesis report to be published in 2017.



The governance of land use in Łódź

This chapter details the major land-use challenges in ód along with how land uses are governed and regulated. It starts by describing the city’s demography and economy and how they have changed over time along with a description of the built environment and major land-use pressures. This is followed a discussion of the governance arrangements and the planning tools at the city’s disposal to shape land uses and the pattern of incentives and disincentives that they create along with other regulatory measures. The relationship between ód and its rural environs is explored and finally, the major land-use issues and challenges facing the city are presented.


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