Network Overview


The Land Use Planning Network supports city efforts to develop comprehensive land use plans and policies to facilitate compact and connected urban development centred around high-quality public transport. 

Land use planning provides the strategic framework for the growth of a city, determining the physical uses of space that will influence how people live and move, for generations to come. Cities have significant authority over land use policies and regulations. C40’s Land Use Planning network provides a platform for cities to accelerate the development and the implementation of sustainable and inclusive land use policies, such as comprehensive land use plans promoting transit-oriented development, preservation of open space, and resilience strategies. It is particularly important that cities have a good plan for how they will address growth, because as C40 research has shown, the planning decisions made today will have a major impact on the carbon emissions of tomorrow. Moving away from auto-dependent urban sprawl, land use planning measures can help cities avoid greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.


Land Use Planning Network Focus Areas

Cities participating in the network have prioritized the following focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies, strategies, ideas and challenges with one another. The focus areas are:

Comprehensive planning for denser, more liveable cities – sharing of strategies to create comprehensive planning policies and zoning codes that reduce urban sprawl, preserve green and open space, and promote compact, mixed-use, well-connected cities.

Enabling transit-oriented development – designing and implementing equitable transit-oriented development policies and projects through planning, financing, and public engagement.

Integrating climate change and adaptation priorities into land use plans and policies – aligning climate action plan and adaptation priorities to enable the integration across land use policies and tools.

Mexico City leads the Land Use Planning network.

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