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Planning Law Assessment Framework

Ensuring that planning laws fulfill their functions as effectively as possible means that they are frequently under scrutiny as contexts and needs change. The Planning Law Assessment Framework, developed by the Urban Legislation Unit of UN-Habitat, is a quick self-assessment tool that aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an urban planning legal system. It looks at the laws, regulations and decrees that are applicable in a city, and enacted at different levels.

The Planning Law Assessment Framework uses two sets of indicators to assess urban planning laws. Firstly, the Planning Law Assessment Framework 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.

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