Open Doors Virtual Days

Dear Students,
just as every year, with the organising of the Institute’s Open Doors we want to bring you closer to spatial planning and interest you in choosing a profession in planning. We are holding the Institute’s Open Doors Days in a virtual way this year too. Despite this, we hope that we will succeed in getting you interested in spatial planning, and maybe also help in choosing a further direction in your schooling.

Adam Butigan, MGE 
Director of the Institute for Physical Planning of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County



Via spatial planning, development is directed to certain areas and preconditions are created for the quality of life of existing and future inhabitants. In this way, with spatial plans settlements are planned with all the necessary functions (nurseries, schools, sports grounds, health facilities, hospitals, churches, etc.), economic zones, all the necessary traffic and other infrastructure are planned, and valuable areas of natural and cultural heritage are protected.

Spatial planning attempts to reconcile different interests in the same space and so establish a balance between the protection of space and its development. All activity in a place, its layout and protection are based on spatial plans.


The basic task of spatial planners is the preparation of spatial plans of all levels, within which they collect data about the condition of a place, the state of the economy, the condition of the environment and nature. They make analyses of the various factors i.e. segments that influence the spatial distribution of activities. An integral part of the job of a spatial planner is also the evaluation of the developed spatial plans and the suggestion of the preparation of new ones or changes to existing spatial plans.

Alongside all of this, constant education is needed in order that they are up to date with new laws and trends in planning.


Since a spatial plan influences all segments of life and work, the preparation of a spatial plan must be an interdisciplinary team effort, where the working team is composed of numerous experts. An architect coordinates and leads the preparation of the whole plan, whilst the selection of experts involved depends on the content and scope of the spatial plan. So, civil engineers (traffic, infrastructure), geodetic engineers (preparation of bases), lawyers (normative part of the plan), geographers, economists, sociologists, demographers, biologists, geologists, forestry engineers, etc. could be included in the development of a plan.


You can find out more about spatial planning in the virtual exhibition on our website How to Read a Spatial Plan

All spatial plans for the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County are stored in the County’s Physical Planning Information System and are accessible via the VidiPlan and PratiPlan browsers.

VidiPlan - view of the plans via GPS location or an area selected on the map.
PratiPlan - monitoring the status of public hearings and subscribe to notifications about plans in production.