Regional Planning and Regional Development Concepts
Regional Planning and Regional Development Concepts are cross-community plans, that guide the development of a determined area at long sight, regarding various aspects, such as demography and housing, land-use and environment or transportation and com-munication services. Within the administrative system, regional planning can be located between state-wide and local planning.
Local Development Concepts
Local Development Concepts are local planning policies that set up the framework for the long-term development of a community or municipality. For this purpose, they lay down objectives and the appropriate measures to achieve the aims specified before. Local de-velopment concepts include indications on the designated development of a whole range of issues, as for example housing, economy or environment.
Land Use Schemes and Built-Up Plans
Land Use Schemes are documents which are set up by the local community authority in order to give precise information on how a determined property may be used, considering the aims of state-wide, regional and local planning documents. Each parcel is assigned to one out of three major categories – building land, space used for transportation and grass-land. Built-Up Plans are made for those parts of a community, which are designated for build-ing. They give, for instance, detailed information on the maximum of area to be covered by a building or the possible height of a building structure.
Investigations and Concepts for Town Planning
Urbanistic surveys and inventories are intended to provide a basis for subsequent analy-ses of possible development strategies in predetermined neighbourhoods or city districts.
Masterplanning and Allocation Concepts
Masterplans specify the preferred usage of a territory and the overall idea or concept re-garding the layout of a development area.
Traffic Concepts and Urban Space Organisation
At a general level, Traffic Concepts outline objectives to be reached by traffic planning measures. Urban Space Organisation or Urban Design involves the design of urban spaces such as squares, groups of buildings, neighbourhoods or city landscapes.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment evaluates probable environmental impacts of certain, predefined developments suggests how to reduce the severity of the estimated impact. EIA can be required, for example, in the course of projects dealing with railways and roads, power industry, mining or water supply and distribution.
Spatial Compatibility Assessment
Spatial Compatibility Assessment is supposed to examine the effects of major projects on existing settlements, transportation systems, cultural assets or the environment. Possible synergies or conflicts with already implemented projects, impacts on the regional econ-omy and the project’s feasibility are as well to be studied.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (Space and Traffic)
Strategic Environmental Assessment is applied in advance, when planning programmes, strategies or concepts (for example for traffic, waste-management or tourism) are ex-pected to show considerable effects on the environment. It consists of various phases, with screening being the first step in order to see whether SEA needs to be performed or not. Once started, SAE is an instrument to scan various alternatives of one single project in order to find the variant with a minimum of environ-mental impact.
Public Relations and Citizen´s Participation
Public Relations aims to guarantee information, communication and exchange with the local authorities and the public within the planning process. Citizen’s Participation safe-guards the interests of citizens affected by a designed planning measure.
Studies and Expertise for Public and Private Projects
Studies, consultation and expertise are offered both for public and private clients.
Green and Open Space Planning
Analysis, planning and design of natural and built environments, including residential pro-jects, parks, recreation areas, streetscapes and public spaces, gardens and arboreta, historic preservation and restoration, landscape art and interior landscapes.
Concerning location, scenic, ecological and recreational aspects of urban and rural land use ranging from site surveys to the ecological assessment of broad areas for planning or management purposes. Our work includes masterplanning for new developments, land-scape evaluations and assessments, and preparing countryside management or policy plans.
Nature Conservation and Landscape Maintenance
Landscape envelope plans, planning for national parks, biosphere and nature reserves as well as landscape protection areas, mitigation planning, agricultural and forest planning, expertises concerning flora and fauna, particularly with regard to amphibians, reptiles, birds and wild game.