2Towards a new planning process
EUR/ICP/POLC 06 03 05(C) European Sustainable Development and Health Series: 3Text editing: David BreuerThis document results from work led by the WHO Healthy Cities project as a part of the European Sustainable Cities & TownsCampaign. This work received financial assistance from the European Union through the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection (DG XI).
Target 13: Settings for health
By the year 2015, people in the Region should have greater opportunities to live in healthy physical and social environment at home, at school, at the workplace and in the local community
The quality of living conditions and wellbeing of city dwellers is a central goal of urban policy. Urban planning plays a criticalrole in reducing the levels of pollution and increasing the quality of life in cities. Most European planning systems do not yetexplicitly address issues of sustainability, health, pollution or equity. International commitments to move towards sustainabledevelopment, involving all interests in the process of policy-making, provide a framework for a new approach. Effectively coordinated programmes are necessary to integrate land use and transport, economic, social and environmental issues andresource planning. This can only be achieved if stakeholders whose interests affect or are affected by the urban planningprocess in cities are involved. Involving the public and promoting awareness and shared ownership of the process is especially important. This document provides a guide to reorienting urban planning towards the principles of Local Agenda 21 through aprocess with 21 steps, divided into six main stages. Each stage is illustrated by examples of current European activity that canact as models to shape future practice.
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