Guidelines for land-use planning

Table of contents

FAO Development Series 1
ISSN 1020-0819

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prepared by the
Soil Resources, Management and Conservation Service
under the guidance of the
Inter-Departmental Working Group on Land Use Planning

Rome, 1993

Land-use planning is sometimes misunderstood as being a process where planners tell people what to do. In this publication, land-use planning means the systematic assessment of physical, social and economic factors in such a way as to encourage and assist land users in selecting options that increase their productivity, are sustainable and meet the needs of society.

Reprinted 1996

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FAO, Rome (Italy)
Guidelines for land-use planning.
(FAO Development Series No. 1)
ISBN 92-5-103282-3

1. Land use 2. Planning
I. Title II. Series

FAO code: 59 AGRIS: E11

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Chapter 1. Nature and scope

What is land-use planning?
When is land-use planning useful?
Making the best use of limited resources
The focus of land-use planning
Planning at different levels

Chapter 2. Overview of the planning process

The need for flexibility
Planning and implementation
Planning as an iterative process
The land-use plan

Chapter 3. Steps in land-use planning

Step 1. Establish goals and terms of reference
Step 2. Organize the work
Step 3. Analyse the problems
Step 4. Identify opportunities for change
Step 5. Evaluate land suitability
Step 6. Appraise the alternatives: environmental, economic and social analysis
Step 7. Choose the best option
Step 8. Prepare the land-use plan
Step 9. Implement the plan
Step 10. Monitor and revise the plan

Chapter 4. Methods and sources



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