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Special - Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes Town and Country Planning Association European Union

Project Partners

Provincial Government of Styria, Department of Spatial Planning Law


The department of spatial planning and building law is the responsible institution for the spatial planning on the level of municipalities for the whole province of Styria (Sept. 2013: 539 municipalities). It is mainly occupied with controlling and consulting of communities concerning the development of their zoning plans, master plans and development concepts which have to do on the basis of the Styrian planning law.

The department furthermore deals with the ongoing development of the planning law and its corresponding instruments. Thereby the concept of integrated planning is an essential part and also the coordination of urban and spatial planning with other disciplines, mainly sustainability (climate protection), the management of transport and housing. In this respect spatial planning can give important inputs to the overall process. The department itself is a subdepartment of the department for environment and spatial planning (115 people) and integrates 2 main fields (spatial planning and building law) with in total 32 people.

Project Objectives

To follow.


Chamber of architects and chartered engineering consultants for Styria and Carinthia
In accordance with the Civil Engineer Chamber Law the chambers of architects and chartered engineering consultants is the legally mandated body representing the interests of freelance architects and civil engineers (such as spatial planners, landscape planners, geographs a.s.o.). Those planners who are not in the chamber of architects are in the Austrian economic chamber of Styria and will form together with the others one of the multiplier groups in the SPECIAL project.

City of Graz, department of spatial planning
The City of Graz is a local authority and the department has the responsibility for the spatial planning in the own city.

ÖIR – Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning
The ÖIR is a private company. A large pool of internal and external experts are working  in the field of spatial and regional planning, developing concepts, working on eu-projects dealing with “Smart cities net” a.s.o. Further on the ÖIR is producing an own magazine for planning, holding workshops and presentations and also producing news-letters all this on a national level.

Latest News

Mar 2013
Powering the future:  New European project to build UK planners’ renewable energy skills

Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is about to begin its most ambitious European project to date. SPECIAL (Spatial Planning & Energy for Communities in All Landscapes) will seek to build the capacity of planners and other built environment professionals in delivering local renewable energy solutions over the next three years.

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Contact Details

Mag. Christine Schwaberger