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Development and land use plans

Development and land use plans

A development plan specifies how the land and buildings located in a building area can be used and designed. It contains specifications on the type of building area, such as a pure residential area, general residential area, mixed area, commercial area or industrial area. In addition, it regulates the permissible degree of building use, such as the number of stories, eaves and ridge heights, building limits or green areas. Anyone interested in buying a plot of land should therefore take a look at the applicable development plan beforehand. This will show the important details for their own property.

The land use plan is a preparatory urban land use plan. It gives the entire municipality a spatial order. In contrast to the land-use plan, the land-use plan only regulates the main features of the type of land use intended by the municipality at the first stage. Thus, the land use plan does not contain concrete specifications for individual building areas. Instead, it defines the existing and anticipated land requirements for individual uses such as housing, work, recreation and transport for the next 10 to 15 years.

Compared to the land-use plan, the zoning plan is not legally binding and therefore does not have any direct legal effect on citizens, but is regarded as an internal administrative plan and is therefore effective for the authorities. A right to build cannot therefore be derived from the representations of the land use plan.

In contrast to a development plan, the F-Plan applies to the entire municipal territory and not only to a specific part, but it contains much less specific information than a development plan.