The Planning Law Assessment Framework is a self-assessment tool to be used during focus groups to identify strengths and weakness of an urban planning system. The Planning Law Assessment Framework looks at all the laws, regulations, and decrees applicable in a city, enacted at different levels. It takes into account only black letter law, but will stimulate the discussion on the eventual discrepancies. The Planning Law Assessment Framework is useful as a learning process to change mindsets, to stimulate constituency creation, and it could be the first step to pursue a reform process.

The Planning Law Assessment Framework uses two sets of indicators to assess urban planning laws. Firstly, it uses indicators of a law’s functional effectiveness. The second set of indicators is technical in nature, related to the core areas of planning, which together provide an overview of urban planning issues relevant for most countries, namely in the categories of: land and urban planning, public space, plots and blocks, development rights, building codes; and land-based financing. The Planning Law Assessment Framework has been tested in Colombia (2012), Philippines (2013), Rwanda (2014), Mozambique (2014), Egypt (2015) and Saudi Arabia (2016).

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Download Planning Law Assessment Framework in Excel.

Planning Law Assesment