Ratka Čolić
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture


The paper will focus on the challenges of institutionalizing the new planning instrument – Integrated Urban Development Strategy (IUDS).1 It starts with a discussion on fostering innovations in urban governance, the impact of European urban development policies and the implementation of new planning instrument. Driven by demand for more effective and flexible planning, urban governance influenced the use of different instruments in practice. One of them is IUDS. The strategy development processes in three Serbian cities are the first examples of operationalization of the collaborative approach and IUDS in Serbia as the post socialist context which is adapting and adjusting to market oriented model. As such it holds endogenous character and meaning within the local planning practice. The key challenges of the strategy implementation are identified as understanding of the expected outcomes of its application and the existence of potential for change. With regards to the indicators of institutionalization of this new instrument, local planners have pointed out at the importance of providing further technical support, steps towards the implementation of the strategy, further capacity development, introduction of better communication as well as the establishment of relations. As a new instrument for urban development planning and supporting urban governance, the strategy has become the subject of analysis in the field of administration, professional and the academic community.

urban governance, integrated urban development strategy, first experiences in implementing collaborative, urban development planning, challenges in implementation



SAJ Vol. 7, 2015, No. 3