Recommendations of the bdla for an appropriate consideration of climate adaptation in urban planning law

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The German government has already launched a number of legal initiatives with regard to climate adaptation and climate protection. The recently published draft for a federal climate adaptation law is a step in the right direction. The bdla is now taking the upcoming amendment of the Building Code as an opportunity to formulate essential elements for a climate-adapted urban planning law.

Eine Straße in einem Neubaugebiet mit mehreschossigen Häusern. In der Mitte ein großer Grünstreifen mit Wasser, Bäumen, Sitzgelegenheiten und Stauraum für Regenwasser.
Concept public space Bahnstadt Heidelberg. Planning: LATZ PARTNER LandschaftsArchitektur Stadtplanung; Photo: Kristof Lange, LATZ PARTNER, 2020.

The eight recommendations provide concise impetus, as only by anchoring them meaningfully in planning law can the epochal challenges of climate change be adequately implemented in practice.

The bdla therefore recommends that the federal government:

  • Strengthen climate concerns through stringent definition of terms,
  • Introduction of a property-related green space factor,
  • Establishment of orientation values for green-blue infrastructure and natural climate adaptation,
  • Establishment of integrated open space development concepts,
  • Strengthening of the unsealing requirement and standardization of a deterioration ban,
  • Optimization of urban compensation,
  • Introduction of the open space design plan as part of a new redevelopment ordinance,
  • Supplementing the redevelopment law and establishing climate redevelopment areas.

With its 20 Climate Essentials, the bdla already pointed out the significant role of urban landscapes in the success of this profound task in October 2022. The eight recommendations are a further concretization of this and are intended to offer politicians concrete solutions from the perspective of landscape architecture as to how a climate-adapted urban planning law can look.

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