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Land Policies in Europe


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  • Prof. Dr. Rachelle Alterman, Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Prof. Janet Askew, Ulster University,
  • Prof. Dr. Edwin Buitelaar, Utrecht University, CB Utrecht
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Benjamin Davy, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund
  • Dr. Valtonen Eeron, ,
  • Assoc. Prof. Heidi Falkenbach, Aalto University School of Engineering, Aalto
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-David Gerber, Universität Bern, Bern
  • Ph. D. Anna Granath Hansson, Nordregio, Stockholm
  • Prof. Dr. Sonia Guelton, University of Paris Est, Marne la Vallée cedex 2
  • Prof. Jean-Marie Halleux, University of Liège, Liège
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hartmann, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund
  • Dr. Ass. Prof. Malgorzata Barbara Havel, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Hengstermann, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Äs
  • Dr.-Ing. Mathias Jehling, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V., Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Leinfelder, KU Leuven, Gent
  • Prof. Stéphane Nahrath, ,
  • Dr. Arthur Schindelegger, Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien
  • Ass. Prof. Dr. Walter Seher, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Wien
  • Prof. Dr. Tejo (T. J. M.) Spit, Utrecht University, Utrecht
  • Ph. D. Eliška Vejchodská, Charles University, Praha 1
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Winrich Voß, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover
  • Akad. Rat Dr.-Ing. Fabian Wenner, Technische Universität München, München
  • Prof. PhD Tomasz Zaborowski, University of Warsaw, Warszawa
  • The responsible management of the resource land is one of the core competencies and tasks of spatial planning.
  • Spatial planning needs to face the political challenges of dealing with land to work a sustainable use of scarce land.
  • A broad debate on instruments of land policy and its strategic use is required.

Challenges of land policy

Land is a scarce resource. Not only in many large German cities but across the country there is a great demand for affordable housing in inner cities and its urban fringes. Also in neighbouring countries, land is under pressure. In most major cities and even in rural areas, land prices are currently rising in such a way that it is becoming increasingly difficult to finance residential and commercial areas needs.

At the same time, urban densification and land thrift are policy goals in Germany and in many of its neighbouring countries. The demand for urban growth nurtured by interests of municipalities and housing seekers on the one hand, and environmental concerns for the preservation of landscapes on the other hand, are thus in conflict.

In this conflict, it becomes clear that the provision of building land is not only an administrative, but above all a land policy issue. In the current debate on building land provision, this political question is often pushed into the background by the discussion about the effectiveness of spatial planning instruments or the acceleration of building site planning procedures.

The responsible management of the resource land is thereby one of the core competencies and tasks of spatial planning. Spatial planning therefore needs to face the political challenges of dealing with land to work a sustainable use of scarce land. This requires a broad debate on instruments of land policy and its strategic use. This debate needs to also reflect notions of effectiveness, efficiency, justice and legitimacy. The challenges ahead and the strategic use of instruments go beyond the municipal level and require a regional cityscape perspective. Due to the great challenges but also the international experience, this debate needs to include expertise from neighbouring countries.

An international working group

The international working group „German Land Policy Revisited – Reflections and Lessons from Abroad” (short: LAND POLICIES IN EUROPE) will inspirit the necessary debate in Germany with references to other European countries. International renowned experts on the area of land policy and spatial planning will gather and discuss the pressing issues (not only) on German land policy. Core issues will be how instruments of land policy are used and can be used strategically to govern the scarce resource of land effectively, efficiently, just, and in a legitimized way to address the planning challenges of our time.

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Statements on Planning

In this short video series, Thomas Hartmann asks international experts crucial questions about planning, law, and property rights.

These videos are from a collaboration between ARL (www.arl-net.de) and PLPR (http://plpr-association.org/)


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1st meeting


Statements on Planning

One of the results of the cooperation of the working group are the first videos in the video series "Statements on Planning". 


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International reflections on Munich’s land policy

When discussing land policy in Germany, one inevitably cannot avoid the example of Munich. Accordingly, the ARL International Working Group of the ARL “Land Policies in Europe” met in Munich in September 2023 to continue its international reflections on land policies across 12 European countries. 

Actors of Land Policy

Discussion with the German Association of Cities and Towns and the German Insitute for Federal Real Estate (BIMA) on the challenges of land policy with the International Working Group


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Dr.-Ing. Evelyn Gustedt
Dr.-Ing. Evelyn Gustedt

Dear Thomas,

I wonder what happened since the last meeting of this group in September 2021? And even more, I wonder who else belongs to this group. It would be great to get some more information here about both issues. Regards, Evelyn