In France, regional planning is closely linked to governance processes balancing cohesion and competition measures in the interplay between participation issues open to all citizens and negotiation arrangements with major stakeholders. The Communauté urbaine of Lyon, recently established as a ‘Métropole’, represents an ideal fieldwork to test such relevant topics. Over the past three decades, the Schéma directeur and the subsequent lighter Schéma de Cohérence territoriale affecting 72 Municipalities have been set up in order to redirect the relationship between planning tools towards an overall idea of consistency, which allows some minor adjustments over time, such as a variable mix of uses in urban regeneration areas according to market demand. Still, although the Projet urbain de Gerland carried out by the Grand Lyon within the broader perspective of such a Projet de territoire implies the idea of the city as a collective actor, the regeneration supply chain pays a peculiar attention to the control of urban form all along, notably within the Zones à aménagement concerté.
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