Sustainable Urban Development, Land-use Planning and Public-private Partnership

  • Senko Pličanič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law
Keywords: sustainable urban development, urban projects, land-use planning, public-private partnership


In this paper, the importance of land-use planning and public-private partnership is analyzed as some of the main legal tools for the implementation of urban sustainable development. Given the importance of law in modern societies, already at the time sustainable development model was created in Rio, it was clear that for its implementation the law should be reformed. During the last three decades since its creation, most countries have incorporated sustainable development model into their respective constitutions and on that basis a significant and comprehensive body of sustainable development law has been developed. Since Rio, a substantial progress has been made in terms of sustainable development legal regulation and in designing a different economic and social models in the majority of countries – in a relatively short period of time. However, we must admit that in reality nothing has changed. If we are to achieve the main objective of a sustainable model – i.e. protect the environment and at the same time produce material goods, it is clear that it is not enough just to limit human (i.e. economic) interference with the environment. At the same time our “obsession” and insatiability with the material goods should be transformed into more moderate attitude towards material dimension of our life. To achieve this goal, the economy itself should find its own interest in such a transformation.


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