Spatial planing in Europe – the last 100 years (Resource Planning)
From: Planning Resource
The European Council of Spatial Planners has just published a book to mark “A Centenary of Spatial Planning in Europe”. It is a compendium in which the Introduction is followed by 32 chapters that range far and wide in their concerns and approach. What does the book tell us about where planning in Europe has come from and where it is heading to?
The Obama Administration releases its Ocean Policy Implementation Plan— some highlights
The E.O. was issued in 2010, and the Administration has taken the past two or more years to develop a plan taking into account the views of multiple stakeholders. The final Plan does include responses to some of the major criticisms of the draft plan, e.g., who will regulate fishing? Does marine spatial planning entail any new regulations of ocean uses? Whether the responses satisfy the critics remains to be seen.
June 5 coastal advisory council meeting to focus on planning projects, new state law (Washington State)
June 5 coastal advisory council meeting to focus on planning projects, new state law OLYMPIA – At their June 5 meeting in Montesano, the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council will hear updates on marine spatial planning projects, a new state law that addresses marine resource policy, and the status of funding for marine spatial planning.
The public meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano. The meeting agenda has been posted by the Washington state Department of Ecology (Ecology).
Marine spatial planning underway for Washington coast (Lexology)
Have you heard of “marine spatial planning?” If not, then you will soon. Marine spatial planning is akin to land use zoning for the ocean. More precisely, it is the process of using a variety of data and other information about marine resources, and human uses of those resources, to develop a spatial map of existing or preferred uses in the ocean. And, it is now underway along the Washington Coast. This sort of “zoning” or mapping makes imminent sense from a planning perspective, and is now possible even in our vast oceans due to advancements in GPS technology and computer-based geographic information systems (GIS). Even as we speak, officials at the Washington State Department of Ecology are working with other agencies and local stakeholders on the beginnings of a spatial plan for Washington’s coastal waters.