Compact City Planning Instruments

11 May 2015


The EUKN Policy Lab on Compact City Planning Instruments took place in Cyprus on 11 May 2015 with participants of various backgrounds from the Netherlands and Cyprus.

The Cyprus government regulates and manages development in urban areas mainly through local plans and using a limited number of regulatory and development control tools. The government’s involvement in actual land development remains very limited. A qualitative assessment of urban development in Cyprus urban areas shows an unbalanced growth and a failure to meet the development goals and objectives set by local plans. This situation is primarily due to a poor performance of the private sector and a lack of enforcement tools, incentives and coordination mechanisms on the governmental side. 

This situation calls for more institutional provisions and government involvement in land and urban development processes in Cyprus. Against this background, the Policy Lab explored the potential of planning instruments in contributing to the achievement of Cyprus sustainable urban development goals with a specific focus on Compact City Goals.

The policy lab explored the following questions:

  • What are the incentives that local/ planning authorities can provide to the private sector to play a more active role in sustainable urban development in Cyprus in general and to achieve the objectives of local development plans in particular?

  • What are the policy tools that can improve the practice of urban planning in Cyprus and promote sustainable development of Cypriot urban areas?

To provide answers to these questions, different case studies, tools and relevant studies from Hungary, Netherlands, and Cyprus were showcased.

In light of the presented tools and case studies, the participants and experts discussed the ways to improve existing planning instruments in Cyprus.