Valtellina, Lombardy

Province of Sondrio’s coordination plan (PTCP)
Agricultural-forest landscape, ecological network, and natural systems

The Province of Sondrio’s coordination plan (PTCP) necessarily started from understanding that the Valtellina and Valchiavenna areas are negatively affected by two opposite phenomena, namely
A) Intensive exploitation of the most profitable areas economically (essentially, the ski areas and the valley areas where linear developments and large businesses have grown);
B) Depopulation and the progressive loss of businesses, and rural and mountain sites susceptible to being subjected to resource consumption approaches.

Given the current polarization of the interests of ski mountain resorts and urban areas in the valley, the design prioritizes the rural and mountain environment as a heritage to be managed in its complexity and as a whole. In order to give impetus to a development process on a local basis, the following issues had to be addressed: Exploiting untapped potential; creating a relationship with the place’s specific features; outlining a strategic system; interpreting the landscape structure; making needs for growth and protection compatible; making changes befitting the place; and supporting local communities’ decision-making power.

In terms of the landscape aspect, it should be stressed how central taking on a strategic planning tool like the PTCP was in pursuing sustainable development, as a commitment to create the conditions needed for a balanced relationship between social needs, businesses, and protecting the land. This goal was particularly relevant to Valtellina and Valchiavenna. The extraordinary concentration of assets and natural and cultural value is their defining feature and lets their greatest potential for local development be realized through tourism respectful of the environment and spread throughout the area.
Planning team: Ferrara Associati, team leader (Florence), Sebastiano Conte (Ischia), Insitu (Milan)