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Model of joined physical and development planning at the regional level

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.05  Humanities  Geography  Applied geography 

Code Science Field
T260  Technological sciences  Physical planning 

Code Science Field
5.07  Social Sciences  Social and economic geography 
regional planning, regional policy, phisical/spatial planning, regional development, governance, region
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Researchers (18)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  24301  PhD David Bole  Geography  Researcher  2016 - 2018  303 
2.  11215  PhD Samo Drobne  Geodesy  Researcher  2016 - 2018  875 
3.  17898  PhD Mojca Foški  Urbanism  Researcher  2016 - 2018  390 
4.  35706  PhD Maruša Goluža  Humanities  Junior researcher  2016 - 2018  61 
5.  24125  MSc Irena Hočevar  Urbanism  Researcher  2016 - 2018  18 
6.  12798  MSc Jelka Hudoklin  Landscape design  Researcher  2016 - 2018  196 
7.  15636  PhD Damjan Kavaš  Economics  Researcher  2016 - 2018  272 
8.  18431  MSc Klemen Koman  Economics  Researcher  2016 - 2018  104 
9.  32206  PhD Jani Kozina  Geography  Researcher  2016 - 2018  233 
10.  33468  PhD Gašper Mrak  Urbanism  Researcher  2017 - 2018  137 
11.  23513  PhD Janez Nared  Geography  Head  2016 - 2018  334 
12.  24123  MSc Radovan Nikić  Urbanism  Technical associate  2016 - 2018  28 
13.  28438  PhD Nika Razpotnik Visković  Geography  Researcher  2016 - 2018  143 
14.  38361  Uroš Rozman  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2017 - 2018 
15.  30164  PhD Petra Rus  Geography  Technical associate  2016 - 2018  26 
16.  17448  Konstanca Soss    Technical associate  2016 - 2018  28 
17.  37557  Anja Trobec  Geography  Junior researcher  2016 - 2018  27 
18.  13184  PhD Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek  Urbanism  Researcher  2016 - 2018  895 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0502  Institute for Economic Research  Ljubljana  5051690000  2,459 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,484 
3.  0792  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering  Ljubljana  1626981  26,327 
4.  2013  ACER Novo mesto, a limited liability company specialized in spatial planning, design and evironmental studies  Novo mesto  5609038  210 
The purpose of the project is to develop a model of integrated spatial and development planning at the regional level. Since Slovenia does not have administrative regions as the second level of local self-government, planning at the regional level depends on the organization of each sector. Regional policy is implemented through the development regions and established administrative structures (regional development agencies), decision-making bodies (regional development council and regional council) and regional development programs. On the other hand, the beginnings of spatial planning at the regional level were provided with regulations from 2002. This was followed by a few case studies of regional spatial development plans but was again eliminated with the reform of legislation in 2007. In the search for possible solutions for planning at the regional level it is also necessary to take into account the existing operating structures and upgrade them in a way that planning at the regional level will be integrated. It is necessary to add a spatial component to regional development programs (development planning)and to establish spatial planning at the regional level (spatial planning). Institutional aspect is also important in regional planning. In the absence of administrative regions the authority and responsibility for planning at the regional level can only be at the country or municipal level. The latter can be further integrated within the joint municipal administration, which has so far been only partially exploited, and even then mainly for inspection services and constabulary. With a view of preparing a model of integrated spatial and development planning we will: - develop a set of tasks of regional / inter-municipal significance; - integrate spatial and regional development planning; - create a model of governance at regional / inter-municipal level; and - evaluate the proposed model in selected regional projects in cooperation with RDA business interest association. These goals will be achieved through five work packages (WP): WP 1: Project Management (coordinated by the ZRC SAZU) WP 2: Dissemination of results (coordinated by the ZRC SAZU) WP 3: Evaluation of the existing systems of spatial and development planning from the perspective of an integrated regional planning (coordinated by ACER) WP 4: Preparation of set of tasks of regional and inter-municipal significance (coordinated by IER) WP 5: Development of a model of integrated spatial and development planning at the regional level (coordinated by the UL FGG) During the assessment of existing spatial and development planning systems (WP3) we will focus on clear definitions, analysis of the systems of planning at the regional level in Slovenia, examples of good practices from abroad, identifying key stakeholders - both from the content and legal point of view (jurisdiction). The WP 4 will be based on the analysis of the context and with the use of a questionnaire, interviews and workshops we will identify the scope and content of tasks at the regional and inter-municipal level, and the final version of the document will be aligned with the contracting authority. Based on the defined scope and content of tasks at regional and inter-municipal level, existing spatial and development planning systems and legal framework a model of integrated spatial and development planning at the regional level will be prepared. The model will be checked at a workshop and tested (pilot) in collaboration with RDA business interest association. The final model of integrated spatial and development planning at the regional level will be prepared by the testing experience (pilot) and will be submitted to the contracting authority in the "ready to use" form. During the project we will put particular attention to the dissemination of the project results by updating partners' websites, publishing press releases, organising two workshops and public consultation. We will publish in sc
Significance for science
Spatial, economic, and social changes of recent years have heavily transformed spatial structures, with an increase in functional areas of individual major centres, particularly metropolitan regions. Thus, administrative frameworks should be appropriately adapted, but this mostly did not happen. In this regard, the emphasis was on designing such models that tried to capture the new spatial reality through multi-level cooperation and governance and, on the other hand, through functional regions. As functional areas differ according to their purpose, it is not useful to solve this by changing administrative borders, but rather by bringing the principle of connecting both various sectors and territorial levels to the fore. The proposal of the model connecting spatial and development planning can be understood in this light – trying to transcend the divisions and uncoordinated planning and to show, with the use of existing legal frameworks, the course towards more sustainable and comprehensive forms of planning at the regional level. This study will open various key areas in spatial and development planning: - the problem of multi-level governance; - the problem of inter-municipal cooperation; - the problem of functional and administrative areas; - the problem of integrative planning; - common tasks at regional and inter-municipal levels; - the problem of jurisdiction of individual stakeholders in relation to legally defined tasks and needs of the specific planning process. In the project, the essential part will be to juxtapose theoretical viewpoints and finding practical solutions in the framework of the existing legislation, where a win-win situation can be expected. Scientific knowledge will be transferred to relevant professions while, on the other hand, through practical studying of planning at the regional level and particularly through pilot testing of the model in practice we will gain scientific knowledge that will enrich the individual scientific fields and views. In the professional sense, the study will contribute to strengthening the competences of the actors in the field of regional planning.
Significance for the country
The key contribution of the research to the economy will be in the long-term improvement of business environment at the regional level, since models of sustainable and comprehensive regional planning will develop during the project. This is especially important because investment funds are shrinking, which requires that investment projects are even more carefully considered and well thought out. This can only be realized in a stable environment in which the economy can count on transparent processes of spatial and development planning.
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