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Species and site protection in planning

Project title: Species and site protection at higher planning levels

Focus

  • Detailed study of the provisions under European law for site and species protection at higher planning levels
  • Analysis of planning practice and
  • Developing specific guidelines for the legal review of species and site protection at higher planning levels

Contact

Bosch & Partner GmbH
Kirchhofstr. 2c, 44623 Herne
Dr. Katrin Wulfert
Tel.: +49 2323 9462924
k.wulfert(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsboschpartner.de

 

Funding

FKZ 3515 82 0100
Departmental Research Plan 2015
Term: 01.06.2015 – 31.05.2017

The main focus of the project is to standardise and optimise the processes for the legal review of species and site protection at higher planning levels. This concentrates in particular on the higher levels of regional planning and federal sectoral planning. The project aims to increase the legal and procedural reliability at these planning levels.

There is still a great lack of clarity in practice of how the provisions for site and species protection under European law can be adequately fulfilled at higher planning levels as, due to a lack of detailed data, the planning areas are often very large. The project will take a more detailed look at the different planning categories and their binding effects (suitable, priority and restricted areas, binding effect of federal sectoral planning in accordance with Section 15 of Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG)). The importance of standardised methods produced by expert agreements is increasing steadily in the planning of renewable energies and the expansion of the grid. In a three-stage process, the project will examine which data bases should be used at higher planning levels and to what extent site surveys are required and what methods these should use. It will also be ascertained which aspects of the testing programme should be considered or differentiated at which planning and approval levels, and how the requirements for the exemption test can be met at the higher level.

Methods

  • Analysing existing guidelines and case law on the legal review of species and site protection at higher planning levels.
  • Analysing case studies (regional plans, regional planning procedure for projects related to grid expansion, regional planning procedures/route determination procedures for roads)
  • Analysing the planning system: deriving planning categories taking account of scale levels and the degree of specification as well as the binding nature of the planning categories
  • Developing specific guidelines for the legal review of species and site protection at the level of regional planning, federal sectoral planning and the regional planning procedures/route determination procedures for roads, based on analyses, description and verification by means of case studies
  • Presenting the transferability of the approaches developed to other planning categories

Results

The project results have been published in the BfN-Skripten series, no. 507 and can be downloaded here or obtained from the BfN

Work packages

Work packages

  1. Presenting the legal and technical bases and various planning categories, planning types and planning systems as well as their binding effects
  2. Developing guidelines for the process steps of the FFH impact assessment and the species conservation assessment in relation to planning renewable energies (especially wind), planning grid expansion projects (especially federal sectoral planning in accordance with NABEG) and the transport infrastructure (especially route determination)
  3. Presenting the methodological approaches developed using selected representative actual or fictional case studies

Project partners

Project partners

Project management

Bosch & Partner GmbH
Kirchhofstr. 2c, 44623 Herne
Dr. Katrin Wulfert
Tel.: +49 2323 9462924
k.wulfert(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsboschpartner.de

Project partners

Simon & Widdig GbR
Luise-Berthold-Str. 24, 35037 Marburg
Dipl.-Biol. Matthias Simon
Tel.: +49 6421 350550
Matthias.simon(at)avoid-unrequested-mailssimon-widdig.de

Rechtsanwälte Füßer & Kollegen
Martin-Luther-Ring 12, 04109 Leipzig
Dr. Marcus Lau
Tel.: +49 341 70228-0
lau(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsfuesser.de

Funding authority

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
FG II 4.2 Impact regulation, traffic route planning
Alte Messe 6, 04103 Leipzig
Dirk Bernotat
Tel.: +49 341 30977 140
Dirk.Bernotat(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsBfN.de

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