Network Overview

The Land Use Planning Network supports city efforts to develop comprehensive land use plans and policies to facilitate compact and connected urban growth and development. 

Comprehensive land use plans provide the strategic framework for the spatial growth and development of a city, determining the physical uses of space that will influence how people live and move in cities for generations to come. Cities have significant authority over land use policies and regulations. This provides an opportunity for cities to share strategies in creating land use plans and policies that avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and support climate resilience priorities through C40’s Land Use Planning Network.

Land Use Planning Network Focus Areas

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

Best practices in land use planning - sharing of strategies to create comprehensive planning policies to address city and climate priorities

Increasing density and containing urban growth - using new tools and policies to increase city density and reduce sprawl through land use planning  

Land preservation - planning tools for the protection and creation of green and open space

Land use policies for climate risks and adaptation - integrating adaptation and climate risk priorities into land use plans and policy requirements

Land policies and tools to increase housing and improve informal settlements - addressing city growth through increased housing and improvement of informal housing 

The Land Use Planning Network is led by Mexico City.

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