Strategic urban planning in Venice: A trendy plan or a plan born out of need?

Helena Cruz i Gallach

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At the end of the year 2000 and with the arrival of the new Mayor Paolo Costa, Venice chose - also - to draw up a strategic plan for the municipality in order to favour a more incisive positioning of the Venetian urban system in the economic, social and territorial processes of the North-Eastern Italy and Europe. Since the beginning, the Mayor delegated all the competencies to the councillor for strategic planning and to the Office of the Plan, which was in charge of both the promotion of debates with the main socioeconomic agents and the drafting of the contents of the document. The Strategic Plan of Venice was approved in October 2004. This article analyzes, on one side, both the long creation process of the plan and the implemented methodology and, on the other, it questions the necessity of its existence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
JournalDocuments d' Analisi Geografica
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Consensus
  • Participation
  • Strategic planning
  • Urban planning
  • Venice


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