23 Nov 2011

Bleg: Land use in Europe?

DW asks an interesting question:
I've always wondered what is different about the land use planning and zoning practices of european countries, that kept them from being paved over with new housing subdivisions and shopping malls as far as the eye can see. Since you're now living over there, perhaps you can do some digging and let your readers know how Europe is different from California in these areas.
Can anyone describe how land use decisions are made for ANY European country? The big questions are conversions of use among agricultural, residential, industrial AND "natural."