Typically, landscape planning provides information about the existing qualities of the landscape and nature, which are considered to be nature or landscape potentials, and their value as well as their sensitivity to impacts, the existing and potential impacts on these potentials, and the objectives and guidelines for the development ofthe landscape and nature, upon which proposed measures and development plans can be measured.
With this information, landscape planning provides evaluation guidelines for the impact regulations and for the part of the environmental impact assessment which is concerned with the landscape and nature. In the beginning phases of planning projects, landscape planning offers a background for the evaluation of alternatives, for example, in the placement of transportation corridors. Landscape planning provides a basis for preliminary opinions about proposed projects, even for projects which were proposed after the completion of the landscape plan.
Bastian and Schreiber describe four main steps in comprehensive landscape planning:
• definition of problem (determination of:planning context, planning priorities, planning prerequisites);
• inventory, analysis, and diagnosis (determination of the natural potentials: inventory, impact, protection;
evaluation of the ecological and esthetic suitability of the existing and proposed lands);
• planning concept (elaboration of: objectives for nature protection and landscape management, alternatives);
• plan of action (definition of requirements and measures necessary to achieve the objectives);
• product: landscape planning program, regional landscape plan, landscape plan;
• implementation (the realization of planning measures through nature protection authorities, nature protection organizations, other planning agencies, local governments, public institutions, and individuals);
• review (evaluation of:implementation, planning objectives, necessary alterations).
Landscape analysis involves the evaluation of elemental, spatial, and temporal pattern of landscape, as well as of dynamics of landscape and land-use pattern. The landscape diagnosis provides a comparison oflandscape potential with social requirements (stability and load analyses).
As the products of this comprehensive multilevel hierarchical system, a landscape program, regional landscape plan, landscape plan, and open space master plan will be elaborated (Table 2).
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