Risk Analysis in Spatial Planning

Risk Analysis in Spatial Planning

In connection with new and changed plans in urban planning, FSD carries out risk analyses in order to produce decision documentation for risk assessment. This type of risk analysis is primarily carried out for projects that involve the transport of dangerous goods and for industry, as well as areas that are similar to these types of risk sources. Risk mitigation measures are proposed as required to be able to meet the acceptance criteria with respect to health and safety. The investigation may be conducted separately or included as part of an environmental impact statement.

Risk analyses form an important basis for decisions as to the best location of housing accommodation, businesses and other building structures. FSD strives to incorporate risk analyses in spatial planning to produce easy and understandable decision documentation. The goal is to cost-effectively identify and analyze the risks that pose a threat to safety, health and the environment and, where necessary, devise risk mitigation measures.

FSD strives to be involved at an early stage of the planning process. The aim is to highlight risk consideration in the spatial planning process. By participating in the process at an early stage cost savings can also be achieved.

The work methodology used in FSD’s risk analyses is based on the specific conditions that exist in the planning zone in question. Objects subject to risk and in need of protection are identified and described to the extent that is appropriate. The risks that are identified are analysed and evaluated from a legislative point of view and also in terms of requirements and guidelines. What is most important is to protect human life and health as well as the environment against risks in society.

On the basis of the risk assessment, prospective proposals for action are presented. The sooner a risk analysis is conducted in the planning process the easier it is to design cost-effective action proposals. FSD attaches great importance to the presentation of the measures to be implemented i.e. that they are clear and realistic in order to facilitate implementation.