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Territorial planning aims to "protect and regulate the territory for improved quality of life, while remaining in tune with sustainable development and the European process of integration and development, implementing the European Landscape Convention, fighting climate change and improving competitiveness".

To this end, the Region draws up the Regional Territorial Coordination Plan in compliance with the instructions set forth by the socio-economic planning (Regional Development Plan) and organizes the territorial planning tools as provided for by the town planning law no. 11 dated 23rd April 2004.

The Veneto Region is an important reference point for the whole country, not only for its significant contribution to the Italian GDP or for its amazing environmental, cultural and historical heritage, but also because it is one of the few regions willing to take up the new challenges of modernization.
Such challenges involve the ability to find solutions for different needs in a radically changed scenario. Said solutions should take into account both the general background and specific local evolution.

Immagine della cartina fisica del Veneto A new Regional Territorial Coordination Plan (Italian acronym: PTRC), drawn up twenty years after the previous one, must be able to interpret the change that has occurred and offer good future prospects.
The relevant studies and works carried out so far are based on the assumption that a deep change in the regional scenario has occurred, on the awareness that the Veneto society has undergone significant transformation and that also territorial planning has evolved.

As far as the regional policies are concerned, the plan must be able to take into account the complexity of the processes under way and to give comprehensive answers to the new questions regarding the ever-changing intertwinement of territory, economics and society.

The drawing up of the Regional Territorial Plan is to be considered an important moment to set the goals in terms of territory and use of resources, always with an eye to renovation.
The plan must therefore be both normative and strategic in order to introduce the perspectives of economic and social development into the territory.

By singling out a series of new regulations and "bandiera" projects, the new PTRC must support, in terms of organization of space, a society that is trying to adapt itself to the structural changes connected to economic competition, new demographic trends, the opening to the European Union; while "upgrading its own development" it must therefore be able to interpret the needs for quality and identity in work and life spaces, for efficiency and sustainability of the community mobility, for the safeguard and enhancement of the environment and landscape, for adequate housing at affordable costs.

All that must be carried out keeping in mind that the Veneto area is not only the result of a rapid fifty-year long development in terms of production and settlements but is also the result of a centuries-old sedimentation of cultural values linked to the use of the area itself: such a variation in the paradigm, i.e. taking into account the type of transformations occurred, cannot but highlight the peculiarities that build up identity.