Land-based spatial planning has been carried out by all BSR states at national, regional and local level. VASAB has established a common platform which allows partners to meet, network, exchange knowledge and experience. VASAB sketched a first common spatial vision for the Baltic Sea Region – "Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea 2010" – (VASAB 2010) that was adopted by ministers responsible for spatial planning in Tallinn in 1994.
The VASAB Long Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP), prepared for the period till 2030, is the latest contribution to that and should be taken into account by Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSBSR with regard to spatial objectives, conditions and impacts of their actions. The LTP concentrates on issues which require transnational solutions such as urban networking and urban-rural cooperation, improving external and internal accessibility as well as development of maritime spatial planning. It also calls to overcome territorial disparities and socio-economic divides between parts of the Baltic Sea Region.
In order to implement LTP within the EUSBSR and achieve coherent development of the Baltic Sea region, horizontal action aims to:
1. contribute to better adaptation of strategies to different types of areas and propose specific approaches for a diverse urban pattern by ensuring pan-Baltic dialogue and input to the EU Urban Agenda process;
2. underline the need to apply place-based approaches to territorial development policies as well as effective use of functional area's concept and territorial impact assessment tools by acting as a platform for sharing knowledge and best practices;
3. observe the territorial development processes in the Region by using and advancing territorial development monitoring solutions, inter alia developed within projects of the ESPON programme;
4. encourage transnational actions improving accessibility and connectivity of the Region using potential of TEN-T for regional development and observe regional effects of the European transport infrastructure development.
VASAB Committee for Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (VASAB CSPD/BSR) acts as a coordination platform for the territorial development in the Baltic Sea Region, in close cooperation with the Council of the Baltic Sea States.