Innovations of a sub-regional plan: Palermo and its territory in Sicily

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Abstract

AbstractTerritorial planning (provincial or sub-regional) in Italy is still up to this day regulated, at national level,similarly to the local administrative planning, but with less influence on the use of the territory,particularly for public infrastructures. This makes the territorial planning inadequate in keeping up withnowadays fast pace transformations. The required transformations are depending less on the regularplanning process and are increasingly following the expenditure needs for uncoordinated individualinvestments, particularly from the European Union. The new pace of the expenditures, mainly imposedfor more significant works and based on the link “financing-project-disbursement”, does notcorrespond with the timeframe of the Plan which – often surpassed and inadequate – delays evenfurther its implementation.This is contributing to the widespread opinion that planning is not useful for development and for theutilization of the resources, which generates a profound misrepresentation of the purposes andtheoretical foundations of planning.The Provincial Territorial Plan (PTP) is the planning tool that more encompasses the contradictionsoriginating from its late formation and its inadequacy. Nevertheless, being a tool for vast areas (notrestricted) and maybe due to its distance from the strict regulation of the use of the territory, which ismainly done through the local administration planning, the PTP has the potential for innovativemethods. Within the territorial plan, the metropolitan dimension (nowadays credited as metropolitancity) is justified by the territorial context relations who amplify its potential of network and points.The actions and objectives of the PTP, which acts as connection between the development policies ofthe Region and the local administrative planning, consist of a matrix of values (competition andcohesion, balance, productivity and accessibility) related to the different level of services (social andcultural, for the economic development, for the organization of the territory and protection of theenvironment).The choices of the PTP are articulated in systems that highlight the territorial context relations withinan integrated and unified strategic framework. The systems are divided in two parts: the naturalenvironment system and the urban territory system. The first one is sustained and coordinated by theprovincial ecological network (derived from the regional ecological network). The second systemcomprises productive activities, services, residential areas and historical centers and infrastructures.The intervention actions, verified by the strategic framework for systems, represent the basis of theOperational framework of the PTP.The PTP vision is therefore able to represent a methodology for building strategies, and relatedevaluations, which is open and flexible to the sustainable implementation within the territorial context.
Lingua originaleEnglish
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Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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