Mission:

BFTPI is given the responsibility to assist the client in deploying the tools and measures necessary to the proper set-up of its planning strategy. Beside the Land Use Transportation Model (LUTM), the Guidelines provide sustainable planning principles for implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Methodology:

The Guidelines capture and reflect the Strategic Plan, the new strategy proposed by BFTPI for the territorial organisation of the Kingdom and its urban development: they demonstrate the commitment to slow down urban sprawl and offshore land extensions; to keep better control over land consumption; to protect remarkable heritage sites and places; and to improve the built environment and real estate production.

The Strategic Plan indeed sets up a territorial development control tool known as Special Planning Areas (SPAs). These have two aims: first, to protect and enhance the value of remarkable strategic areas (such as the coastline, heritage buildings, natural or developed green spaces and developments within close proximity); second, to steer the types of project that have the greatest impact on land occupation (such as mega-projects and large-scale residential developments). Thereby, planning principles and rules set out in the Guidelines provide the SPAs with a special status.

The Guidelines are conceived as a set of simple rules for property developers and urban planners based on planning principles drawn from the Strategic Plan and intended to contribute to the strategy’s implementation.

The Guidelines aim to foster the emergence of new centres or hubs through the concentration of services and amenities, and to encourage functional diversity and greater cohesion between urban neighbourhoods dating from different ages; in terms of mobility and morphology, they promote greater densities to optimise land use. At a community development level, the Guidelines propose rules for road networks and mobility, plots of land, public and green spaces, buildings and programming.

Workshops allow BFTPI to check frequently the relevance, validity, acceptability, and feasibility of the proposed solutions.

Main achievements:

– Dozen of external and internal workshops with the stakeholders and UPDA staff.

– Development of 5 Urban Guidelines aiming at a more sustainable development of the country: the Mega Projects Guidelines, the Major Subdivisions Guidelines, the Green Guidelines, the Waterfront Guidelines, and the Heritage Guidelines.

Sustainable urban planning principles

Consultation workshops

Guiding the development