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SI09_SI0_Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia_2004

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector General
Name of the document (original) Strategija prostorskega razvoja Slovenije
Name of the document (English) Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia
Administrative level National
Type of the document Strategy
Year of adoption 2004
Foreseen duration Unlimited
Sector General
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Ministry of the environment and spatia lplanning
Availability in English Yes
Legally binding Non-binding
SGI coverage SGI
Integration as a concept Yes
Integration elements
Actors
Policies
Adm. levels
Fin. sources
Others
Description Integration as a concept: The Spatial Strategy is based on the consideration of social, economic, and environmental factors of spatial development. Actors: Government ministries responsible for the regional development, telecommunication, transport, labour and social services etc. cooperate with the ministry responsible for spatial planning in the preparation procedure for regulations and development documents directly or indirectly related to spatial planning and management. Policies: Integration of social, environmental, economic, and development policies in general through spatial planning Administrative levels: National, regional and local administrative levels cooperate to develop the settlements and create transport and other infrastructure links between the settlement centres and the hinterland, with the aim to assure the accessibility of SGI, therefore, the same opportunities and quality of living to everyone.
Major objectives 1. Rational and effective spatial development
2. Polycentric development of the network of cities, towns and other settlements
3. Increased competitiveness of Slovenian towns in Europe
4. High-quality development and attractiveness of cities, towns and other settlements
5. Harmonious development of areas with common spatial development characteristics
6. Complementarity of rural and urban area functions
7. Integration of infrastructure corridors with the European infrastructure systems (7/12)
Short Summary As stated in the document “The Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia (hereinafter Spatial Strategy) is the basic national developmental document for the guiding of spatial development. It provides the framework for spatial development across the entire national territory and sets guidelines for development within the European space. It provides the concept of spatial planning and management, land use and spatial protection (SPRS, 2004).” As further stated the basic principle of the strategy is sustainable development, and as such the document considers social, economic, and environmental factors of spatial planning. Therefore, it enforces sustainable land use, enhances the quality of life, as well as ensures the safety of natural resources. The strategy is implemented through the various governmental national and local programmes, tasks and activities, and the coherence of the developmental documents.
The document sets 12 objectives:
1. Rational and effective spatial development
2. Polycentric development of the network of cities, towns and other settlements
3. Increased competitiveness of Slovenian towns in Europe
4. High-quality development and attractiveness of cities, towns and other settlements
5. Harmonious development of areas with common spatial development characteristics
6. Complementarity of rural and urban area functions
7. Integration of infrastructure corridors with the European infrastructure systems
8. Prudent use of natural resources
9. Spatial development harmonized with spatial limitations
10. Cultural diversity as the foundation of the national spatial identity
11. Nature conservation
12. Environmental protection
Although, all of the objectives are of great importance and also somehow related to the SGI, the most significant for the delivery of SGI are the first seven objectives.
Rational and effective spatial development objective suggests to guide the activities, and amongst SGI, in a way to achieve spatially balanced and economically efficient development, social integration, and the quality of the natural and living environment. Furthermore, appropriate planning, multipurpose use and the linking of sectors should ensure rational land use and the safety of the population.
Perhaps the most important objective for the development and delivery of SGI is the aim for polycentric development of the network of cities, towns and other settlements. As suggested by the strategy, the SGI are developed and provided in the centres, which are defined as “settlement with jobs, services, supply and other activities, supplying people in the settlement and its area of influence” and can vary in size. The development of urban (national, regional) centres is to be promoted and functional and infrastructural integration of cities, towns and other settlements is to be ensured. As stated urban settlements should be connected with their hinterland through a more efficient mobility supported by the public transport.
Increased completeness of Slovenian towns in Europe is also very much depended on the SGI, therefore, the selection of services (especially economic), their provision and delivery is to be developed and equally distributed in settlements. Likewise, high-quality development and attractiveness of cities, towns and other settlements is to be ensured through “the appropriate and rational provision of infrastructure, a well-developed network of economic activities and services, and access to the public services.”
Specifically related to the development of the mountainous areas, harmonious development of areas with commons spatial development characteristic will be encouraged. Furthermore, complementary rural and urban functions should be developed through complementary activities and services.
The importance to develop and enhance transport and telecommunication connections is also emphasised. The document states that the “appropriately developed telecommunication infrastructure promotes social, cultural and regional development, decreases distance-related problems, encourages the formation of new services, and facilitates access to information and services.”
Centralised/decentralised Not applicable
Governance model
Public services
Concession
Public-private partnership
Co-operative
Others
Comments The strategy does not specify any models or financial sources for the SGI provision in particularly
Stakeholders' list
Federal/national Government, ministries resposible for transport, scicial srvices and education, regional development, telecomunication
State/provincial/departmental
Regional
Inter-communal Inermunicipal asociations
Local Municipalities, local communities
Stakeholder comment According to the opinion of the majority interviews this is the most important strategic document to ensure and adequate delivery of SGI in remote regions
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