Land use planning & development

The way we use the land we live on can have a profound affect on our climate, our environment and society at large. 
A robust and transparent land administration system is an essential part of the development of a nation

Development for a better world

Sustainable land use planning and development is about creating possibilities and environments which enable us to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives without damaging the opportunities for future generations to do the same.

Land is a valuable asset. Planning and building a city must therefore be a long-term, integrated process involving a cross-disciplinary approach in order to maximise the value of land. Complex problems shared by cities throughout the world include: traffic congestion and commuting times; air pollution; inefficient energy consumption; loss of open space and habitat; inequitable distribution of economic resources; and the loss of a sense of community.

Land use planning is the systematic assessment of land and water potential, and of alternatives for land use and economic and social conditions, in order to select and adopt the best land use options.

The way we develop our cities has an impact on our climate, our environment and our culture. That is why we must have a thorough understanding - an overall cohesive strategy for what is important and what it is we want to achieve. With the right strategy and the right tools, we have the foundation for truly sustainable development.

Climate change affects us all

It is vital to involve as many as possible in the planning process, especially as planning can be such a powerful tool that can empower and encourage people to make lifestyle choices that are more sustainable and that support shared values at both an individual and society level.

Ramboll has the knowledge and the experience of bringing an international dimension to the fields of land use planning, spatial planning, urban planning and urban design, communications, consultation, legal issues, leisure and sustainability. We have the experts to assess the impact of development proposals and other land use plans on the environment, landscape and the transport network.


Jostein Øverby
Senior Land Use Planner, Urban planning & Transport
Phone+47 415 31 420