4.1. Hierarchy of planning levels

Traditionally in professional mentality of Russian planners the accurate stream for planning decisions issuance was directed "top-down". But practically even in soviet times this succession was not of necessity for planning: the top directive "to build immediately" could disregard adopted planning document. Nowadays most planning decisions are adopted at municipal level (master plans), issuances of regional and moreover federal planning documents are tardy and therefore (by RF Code) state level documents must consider municipal planning decisions as obligatory or to issue in state documents proposals for municipal approvals. Law does not stipulate preferences for higher levels, but higher levels often may achieve necessary support through investments to territorial development, which accompany their urban development initiatives.