It is well known that urban planning has historically been a complicated affair. The process is often convoluted, requiring the coordination and cooperation of multiple public-private actors and stakeholders to approve new projects. In light of these facts and current economic trends, is it sensible for cities to continue major investments into this area? Milan believes so. The City Council approved, in November 2012, a new version of the Piano di Governo del Territorio (PGT, or Territorial Government Plan), one that has undergone multiple iterations over the past decade.
According to Ada Lucia De Cesaris of the planning department, the new plan “involves a further commitment to the reorganization of the local government structure, and simplification and acceleration of the procedures.”
Milan hopes to address the shortcomings of previous plans. The new document has 15 strategies to achieve its goals. Special to this PGT is its focus on community needs, providing adequate housing volume, social space design, as well as developing the city at the human scale in order to encourage a healthy and sustainable society. Furthermore, the objectives are designed to work as complements to each other:
- New public transportation routes are coordinated with pedestrian corridors;
- Additional housing and urban-centers will be created to promote a neighborhood atmosphere;
- Points concerning architecture, cultural districts, the environment, and energy efficiency are all integrated in what appears to be a comprehensive and well-designed package.
Also, given Milan’s position as a global city and Italy’s financial center, the implications of this plan are imperative to the city’s success and stability. If officials are able to realize this fact, then we may hope to see decreased political maelstrom and a true advancement in the urban planning process. It is important to realize that this is exactly a process – constantly undergoing evaluation and reformation, with new paradigms depending on contemporary trends.
Do you think combining this knowledge with political transparency and effective discourse will ultimately result in better places to live?
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