FIG Peer Review Journal


Planning and Implementation of Urban Regeneration - The Adequacy of the Statutory Toolbox Available to Practice (2988)

Christian Aunsborg and Michael Tophøj Sørensen (Denmark)
Dr. Christian Aunsborg
Associate professor
Aalborg University
Fibigerstræde 11
DK-9220 Aalborg East
Corresponding author Dr. Christian Aunsborg (email: aunsborg[at], tel.: +459940 8348)

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Published on the web 2008-03-21
Received 2008-01-31 / Accepted 2008-03-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2008
ISBN 978-87-90907-67-9 ISSN 2307-4086


Worn down and more or less abandoned industrial- and harbor areas became more and more visible in the Danish townscapes during the 1980'ies and 1990'ies. Some limited regeneration projects were carried through, but in general much public attention to these areas did not exist until the late 1990'ies where the regeneration challenge became an issue in the professional debate. The urban, economic and spatial problematics rising from structural development trends of society were subject to a committee work from 1999 through 2001. The work resulted in a number of recommendations comprising, inter alia, suggestions concerning new statutory tools to handle the spatial transformation of urban regeneration areas. The paper examines the subsequent development of Danish planning legislation with the pur-pose to determine whether the present 'statutory toolbox' can be considered sufficient com-pared to the problems and challenges emerging in practice. To evaluate the adequacy of the toolbox the paper draws on case studies on urban regeneration projects in three major Danish cities. The conclusion is that the legislative developments during the last five years must be consid-ered very relevant to problem solving in practice – but also, that the statutory toolbox still appears incomplete, especially regarding some organizational and economic issues.
Keywords: Land management; Spatial planning; Implementation of plans; Urban renewal; Urban transformation; Planning legislation; Planning practice; Implementation tools; Public-private partnerships (PPP)