Strategy of the Federal Office for Spatial Development

The Federal Office for Spatial Development drew up a new strategy in 2014. Starting from its remit to help shape the way in which space in Switzerland is used now and in the future, the ARE strategy considers the principles of sustainable development, the target development of the national transport system and transport infrastructures, and the federal government's energy policy objectives, in particular.

It is based on the Organisation Ordinance for the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC, the DETEC's departmental strategy, the Spatial Strategy for Switzerland, and the Sustainable Development Strategy.

In line with the DETEC's departmental strategy, the ARE strategy is designed to run up to 2030. It contains the following strategic objectives, which are also the principles underlying the points of strategic focus in the New Management Model for the Federal Administration (NMM).

  • Polycentric settlement development is promoted consistently, and land use is stabilised;
  • Settlements and transport are coordinated with each other;
  • Transport is being developed sustainably and mobility is assured;
  • Enhancements are being made to the instruments of spatial development and their legal frameworks;
  • Swiss action is rooted in the principles of sustainable development.

The ARE can use a variety of means and foundation documents to help it achieve these objectives: the Spatial Planning Act and the Second Homes Act, the federal government's strategies and sectoral plans, reviews of cantonal structure plans, the federal government's 2016+ Agglomeration Policy, the federal government's policy on rural and mountain areas, the Agglomeration Programmes and model projects, the Sustainable Development Strategy, the Transport Costs and Funding Report, the Transport Outlook 2040 as well as DETEC's policy guidelines 2040 for the Future of Transport in Switzerland.