This paper presents a mapping of the online facilities concerning planning and geographic information that is currently offered for public participation at the Danish municipal and regional websites respectively. The Danish physical planning system has for the last 35 years consisted of three hierarchical levels: National, regional and municipal. The regional level has handled larger environmental issues and everything concerning planning and administration of non-urban areas; costal areas, nature preservation and restauration, agriculture, natural ressources, water quality etc. The Danish government has recently decided to eliminate the regional administration level and transfer the planning tasks to the municipalities, who has up till now almost entirely dealt with planning of urban areas. The problems and complexities that has to be handled in the open area planning differ from those concerning urban areas, often there are substatial conflicts between utilization and protection of the area ressources, and the municpalities needs to develop methods and strategies to handle these new tasks. Among the challenges is to offer credible and convincing information about the potential conflicts between nature protection and economic development. The purpose of the mapping is therefore to compare the tools applied to the different tasks – urban and non-urban - to clarify which kind of planning support systems the municipalities will need to develop to offer the same or better posibilities for the public to participate in the planning processes and discussions.
Corp 2005: Geo Multimedia 05 : Proceedings, 2005
E-government; GI accessibility; Public participation; Planning support systems