The work addresses one of the most important problems in contemporary environmental land planning. Already existing procedures, in fact, must now conform to the new requirements imposed by the recent national and international regulations and standards that call for a more conscious approach to the use of natural resources. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), for example, takes into account, the different effects of a plan in various fields such as the environment, the economy and the development. This obviously calls for global analysis tools that could help administrators, stakeholders and technicians in the decision-making process of such complex systems. SEA of the Town Master Plan of the Sicilian region is here utilized for demonstrating the effectiveness of a continuously concerted action with the stakeholders in the decision-making processes involving wide and complex territories. For this purpose, the Dashboard of Sustainability is applied to the Sicilian Town Master Plan by comparing the performances of nine Sicilian provinces in terms of different policy scenarios, through a consideration of the effects on the environment, mobility, society and town planning issues. This consultation procedure results in a very effective tool for politically ranking, within a shared frame, different alternatives referring to land developing interventions.
Dashboard of Sustainability, environmental analysis, indicators, land development, plans and programs, Sicilian Town Master Plan, Strategic Environmental Assessment, risk analysis
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