Land-use Planning Systems in the OECD

Country Fact Sheets

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This report provides an overview of spatial and land-use planning systems across the OECD. It contains country fact sheets that focus on formal aspects of planning systems, as they are defined by laws and regulations. The country fact sheets describe the responsibilities of each level of government with respect to spatial and land-use planning. They include a description of all spatial and land-use plans of a country and show their hierarchical relations in a diagram. For most countries, the fact sheets also contain key statistics on land use. A summary chapter provides an overview of the information in the country fact sheets and discusses land value capture tools, land expropriation procedures, reforms of the planning system, and other issues. The information provided in this report was collected through a survey that involved academic experts on planning from all 32 countries covered.



Executive summary

This report brings together, for the first time, systematic overviews of planning systems for nearly all OECD countries. It is based on a new and extensive OECD survey of land-use governance, conducted in 2015 and 2016. Fact sheets on 32 countries present the respective planning systems and include diagrams showing the relationship of their spatial and land-use plans. Depending on data availability, most fact sheets also contain key facts on land-use trends in the country. All fact sheets follow the same structure and provide comparable information.


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