CLIENT: Vizcaya Provincial Council
Bilbao, País Vasco (Spain)
Bilbao is the most populated city in the Basque Country region. The Bilbao metropolitan area runs along the River Nervión and covers approximately 500 km2 with a population of over 900,000. The foundation and development of the city are directly related to the existence of the estuary and port. Currently, the Basque Country zoning regulations delimit the Bilbao metropolitan area as a functional area, a geographical area that includes 35 municipalities. The city of Bilbao and its surroundings are in a full process of economic outsourcing due to the crisis in the steelmaking sector that greatly affects the economy of this region. Urban regeneration projects linked to the transport system have given value to this city as an international model of development.
The Bilbao metropolitan partial zoning plan were developed by the DOTs in the Bilbao functional area. This type of general planning contains items such as the analysis of the current state of the area regarding the economic situation and the possibilities for development and the space suitable for supporting large transport infrastructures.