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The land use dimension in urban growth agreements: Case Trondheim area

Authors: Aud Tennøy, Anders Tønnesen, Kjersti Visnes Øksenholt
Report nr: 1829/2021
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-2360-9
Language: Norwegian
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This report summarizes interviews about how land use was handled in Urban Growth Agreements this in the Trondheim area. Municipalities' control of land use development became an important issue. This was solved by using the existing inter-municipal land use plan as basis and leaving political decisions to the municipalities. This also solved local governance issues and allowed a closed negotiation process. The municipalities seem to understand the Agreement as a tool for implementing their inter-municipal planning strategy, with densification around the railway stations and a better train-services. The municipal politicians state they will fulfill their obligations, but do not believe it will require changes in their land use policy. The strongest threats to the Agreement’s legitimacy are listed as the complex management structure, that the state does not follow up on its obligations, and implements measures counteracting the zero-growth objective. They recommend other municipalities to enter into Urban Growth Agreements.


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