5.1 Planning processes

The processes of statutory plans, whether overall plans or the detailed ones, comprise some common procedural elements as announcements; the very plan preparation including required calculations and analysis; collaboration with other entities; participation; publication for referendum; and finally approval.

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But the contents of these elements will somehow be depending on the planning level and the category of plans. In general, the elements will be more relevant for the describing of a local process for carrying out a physical plan like the land use part of a municipal master plan or a zoning plan, compared to public activity planning for preparing, especially the activity part of the county plan, and somehow, the short-term component of the municipal master plan. The procedures of the latter follow though in main the procedures of the land use part of this master plan. Therefore the two figures above reflect how these elements connect to county planning and detailed planning at local levels.