Promoting planning for housing development: What can Sweden learn from Germany?
2017 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 64, 470-478 p., 0264-8377Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the years 2006–2014, urban planning reform was seen as the major remedy against housing shortagein Sweden. The present government has the continuation of such reform on its agenda, but as of yet has made no proposals; instead, other housing policy measures have been introduced.In light of the uncertainty as to the future course of urban planning reform, possible future steps can be discussed. This article accordingly investigates whether German urban planning law and implementation could provide interesting reference points for discussion of further urban planning reform in Sweden,and if so, what parts of the German experience should be the center of attention.The article covers three aspects of German planning that influence the uncertainty, duration, and cost of residential planning as well as social goals addressed through planning: planning law, focusing on facilitated planning procedures of German planning law, measures taken in the organization of plan-ning authorities to make development planning more efficient, and planning-related city demands for affordable housing.The conclusions encompass proposals for the further reform of the Swedish planning process in the form of a facilitated and accelerated development planning procedure for housing projects, as well as the introduction of private initiative in development planning. Further improvements to the organization and incentives of planning authorities are proposed. More research is required into municipal demands for affordable housing in the form of inclusionary zoning; such research should draw on the extensive international experience of such zoning, relating it to a Swedish pilot project.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 64, 470-478 p., 0264-8377
Housing shortage, Housing policy, Urban planning law, Urban planning reform, Planning process
Research subject Real Estate and Construction Management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-204915DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.03.012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85016435763OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-204915DiVA: diva2:1086831
ProjectsInstitutional prerequisites for affordable housing development: A comparative study of Germany and Sweden
FunderSBUF - Sveriges Byggindustriers Utvecklingsfond
QC 201704192017-04-042017-04-042017-04-19Bibliographically approved