CHAPTER SIX: Territorial Spatial Planning and Regional Balance
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In order to properly distribute population and activities throughout the country, and in line with the goal of efficient use of the country's potentials and advantages, government is bound to implement the territorial spatial plan at the following levels, from the beginning of the fourth plan, using the studies already undertaken:
A. Macro level, including:
1. Long-term vision of the country's spatial development, within the framework of the general guidelines of the nation, based on an analysis of the regional and international conditions and potentials, territorial constraints and advantages.
2.General strategies for distribution of population, pattern, urban and rural system of the country.
3. Special strategies for development of the regions and areas of significant characteristics, as seen from the standpoints of "security and defense", protection of natural resources and environment and cultural heritage".
4.Location and geographical database and the related pictorial documentation.
B.Sector level, including:
1.Coordinated and compatible strategies concerning long-term development and spatial distribution of the various economic, social and cultural sectors in line with the country's features.
2.Regional and territorial policies and recommendations of the
3.Prioritized actions and operations in the sectors development.
C.At the provincial level, including
1.Basic approach to development of provinces, including the principle and priority sectors in provincial development and determination of the role each province plays in the national
division of labor.
2.The spatial structure of the province development (the axes and the main centers of development of the province).
3.The most important actions and operations in development of the province.
Note: The national sector development and the national provincial development plans, specified in Chapter Thirteen of this law, are formulated on the basis of approaches and orientations of the national territorial/spatial planning, relative to the characteristics of each, and upon approval of the Council of Ministers, will serve as the basic guideline for the executive operations of the Fourth Plan. Government is bound to prepare the annual budget bills on the basis of the said documents and present them to the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
The national plan is a strategic planning document in which the principle approaches of the sector, province and/or special plans are clarified within the framework of the twenty-year vision for development, and approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly and/or by the Council
of Minister, as the case may require.