MIND THE GAP: SPATIAL PLANNING SYSTEMS IN THE WESTERN BALKAN REGION
Author:
Erblin Berisha, Natasa Colic, Giancarlo Cotella, Zorica Nedović-Budić
Title:
MIND THE GAP: SPATIAL PLANNING SYSTEMS IN THE WESTERN BALKAN REGION
doi:
10.24306/TrAESOP.2018.01.004
Journal:
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF PLANNING
Edition:
Volume 2, Issue 1 | June 2018 | 47 - 62

Starting in the 1990s, an increasing number of studies and reports have focused on examining the nature
and characteristics of spatial planning in Europe. The geographical coverage of these comparative analyses
broadened over time, paralleling the progression of EU integration. However, the Western Balkan countries
were only vaguely mentioned within such studies, mostly due to their fragmentation and geopolitical
instability. This paper analyses and compares spatial planning systems in the Western Balkan Region since the
1990s. More specifically, it presents an overview of the geographical and socio-economic situation, explores
administrative and legal frameworks for spatial planning, analyses spatial planning instruments produced at
each territorial level, and addresses future challenges. Through so doing this paper exposes the complexity of
the subject and sets a base for further research.