• Lars Gilje
  • Anne Mette Kjær Nielsen
  • Anders Josefsen
With the new regions a new type of plan was introduced, “The regional development plan”. This plan is referred to as a “strategy plan”, but what does that involve, and which possibilities and terms are there for embeddedness of this plan? These are some of the details, which will be revealed in this thesis. This master thesis is based on a case study of the two regions “North Jutland” and “Central Jutland” and a seminar held by the Danish Town Planning Institute concerning “Visionary regional development plans”. The case study is divided into three analyses. Part one concerns the organizing, the structure and the process for the two regions. Part two concerns an analysis in practice based on interviews of the competent persons involved in the work relating to the regional development plans. The prevailing elements in this part are the parameters which have appeared through the case study. These parameters are about undergoing change, acknowledgement, power and roles, trust, networking and co-operation, dialogue and processes as well as ownership and embeddedness. During the first two analyses the project group acquires knowledge in terms and possibilities for anchorage of the regional development plans. In the third and last part of the analysis theories in the field helps explaining the submitted aspects achieved through part one and two. In the view of the analyses this thesis can draw the conclusion that a paradigm shift within the planning area reflects the general developments in society with the destruction of hierarchy and establishment of networks. By virtue of this development the work and process of the regional development plan can be seen as an innovative thinking within the planning area, in which networking among different persons involved in the regional planning can be seen as a way to jointly solve the future challenges within planning. To achieve a systemic regional planning it is important to obtain consensus through the work with the regional development plan as this plan should give inspiration to a coherent planning that later on can be implemented in the city planning. The possibilities of embeddedness of the regional development plan have turned out to be achievable in case study of this thesis if the process is organized appropriately. This means that it is important to allow for overcoming barriers, establishing trust, launching dialogues and achieving the acknowledgement that times are changing.
Publication date2007
Number of pages124
Publishing institutionInstititut for samfundsudvikling og planlægning, Aalborg Universitet
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