Urban land-use planning remains an important tool for securing sites of commercial and industrial companies

Urban land-use planning remains an important tool for securing sites of commercial and industrial companies

On 14th June 2018, Dr. Vera Jablonowski, representative for urban land-use planning, regional development and state development of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Düsseldorf, opened the 8th Müller-BBM expert discussions in Lindner Congress Hotel at the Düsseldorfer Seestern.

Dr. Vera Jablonowski emphasized that „commercial and industrial companies can only have development and planning security at their sites if they are protected from approaching sensitive usages, that means, for the most part, residential buildings”.

This welcoming speech also made it clear how important it was that within the scope of preparation of North Rhine-Westphalia‘s new State Development Plan the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Düsseldorf had particularly focussed on the environmental protection of port locations, sites of industrial plants and power plants.

North Rhine-Westphalia‘s new State Development Plan, which has been legally effective since February 2017, does not only include statements on how emitting plants have to be considered in urban land-use planning and regional planning, but also on how hazardous incident plants and port locations have to be taken into account.

The first day of the specialist conference was dedicated to the topics "securing of industrial plants as a task of regional planning" as well as the "planning development imperative with particular focus on immission protection" and the acoustic stocktaking and implementation of noise control targets. Another focus were lectures on wind energy plants, which concluded the session in the afternoon.

The block of topics "plant safety, Environmental Impact Assessment Act (UVPG)/UmwRG and BAT conclusions" provided the framework for the second day. The topics were presented, among others, by Dr. Norbert Wiese of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV), Dr. Bernd Schalau of the Federal Institute for Materials Research (BAM) in Berlin and Jörg Friedrich of the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The presentations included many practical examples, specific applications and various aspects.

The next Müller-BBM expert discussions will take place in Berlin on 13th/14th September.

Managing director Joachim Bittner with Dr. Vera Jablonowski of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Düsseldorf / Auditorium.

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