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Space is a limited natural good which deserves a thorough and well-considered treatment. It is also a mirror of a society, since a society’s practices – economic, social and individual – leave their mark in space. It reflects the culture, identity and state of mind of a society, a society’s past and its future opportunities, as well as the success of the economic and social development and the quality of managing the potential of space. Decision-making on the construction and use of space is bound by rules that ensure the protection of space as a key resource for community development.

Common objectives for future spatial development are providing decent housing for everyone; bringing settlements in line with the new concepts of social and spatial cohesion and a higher level of social interaction; and ensuring conditions for everyday life in historical urban centres. Further objectives include limiting dispersed construction and protecting unbuilt areas; ensuring that heating, cooling and lighting of buildings does not further damage the environment; protecting the national, regional and local characteristics of land, architecture and landscapes; and ensuring the development of modern architecture.

Sustainable spatial development is the basic principle directing spatial development in Slovenia, which is based on the premise that space is a finite commodity that requires careful coordination of public benefits and private interests and long-term-oriented spatial planning.

Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia 2050

The Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia 2050 will be the fundamental long-term spatial development document of the Republic of Slovenia setting objectives, priorities and the spatial development plan to 2050. It will include the challenges of the future development of society andfor the 2014–2020 period with more detailed quantified objectives for cohesion policy in the new programming period.