Lodz – the third largest city in Poland – is undertaking several major projects that
have the potential to significantly reinvigorate the economy. Following the collapse
of its traditional manufacturing industries in the late 1990s, Lodz went through a
period of economic decline. A series of infrastructure investments and new developments
are presently transforming its city centre and increasing its transportation connectivity.
Coherent land-use practices across the areas where people live and work will be critical
for the city and its surrounding communities to develop in a socially, environmentally,
and fiscally sustainable way. This case study of the governance of land use in Lodz
illustrates many promising practices and offers guidance on how to make the governance
structure and planning system more coherent and robust both in Lodz, and in Poland
more generally. This is the first in a series of five case studies on the governance
of land use, which will culminate in a synthesis report to be published in 2017.