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RUFS 2010, the regional development plan for the Stockholm region, was developed to make life better for everyone who lives, works and spends time in the region. RUFS 2010 expresses the shared desire for the region’s development until 2030, and with a longer perspective to 2050. It was drawn up by a large number of players in the region.
Work is now under way to produce the next regional development plan, RUFS 2050. RUFS 2050 is a further development of RUFS 2010, and the vision is to be Europe’s most attractive metropolitan region. Four ultimate goals shall be achieved by the year 2050.
Europe’s most attractive metropolitan region
Development planning in the Stockholm region has made and is making a difference. We have a long history and tradition of regional planning. Without a plan, there is a risk that development work will become fragmented and many issues left unresolved. Stockholm County is part of a growing, functional region and the capital city region has experienced strong growth. This has been a contributing factor to the regional plan moving from being a physical plan to having issues relating to growth integrated into the plan.
RUFS 2010’s formal status as a regional plan and regional development programme means that it is a steering document for government planning in the county. The regional development plan forms the basis of, among other things, the municipalities’ strategic planning, regional structural fund programmes and infrastructure plans. When new programmes and initiatives are launched, not least on a national level, RUFS 2010 performs an important function and expresses the collective desire of the Stockholm region. The vision to be Europe’s most attractive metropolitan region aims to unite and challenge the players involved in regional development work.
Regional planning in the Stockholm region
Regional planning has been carried out for more than 60 years in the Stockholm region, and it plays an important role in dealing with the overarching, long-term issues that are difficult for individual municipalities to handle.
Stockholm County has 26 municipalities with many interconnected functions, such as the labour market, housing market and infrastructure. Stockholm County defines the administrative border of the regional plan. Regional development work does, however, take place through interaction between different players and surrounding counties in eastern Central Sweden.
Regional planning is carried out in accordance with Chapter 7 of the Swedish Planning and Building Act (PBL) (2010:900). Stockholm County Council observes the Swedish Act (1987:147) on Regional Planning for Municipalities in Stockholm County, under which the County Council is the regional planning body responsible for carrying out regional planning in accordance with the aforementioned Chapter 7 of PBL.
You can find out more about the history of regional planning in the Stockholm region in the publication entitled “Regionplanering 1958-2001, 2014:5” [“Regional Planning 1958-2001, 2014:5”].