Prato al futuro

Prato al Futuro (Prato looks to the future) is a communication and participation process established by the Municipality of Prato to accompany the preparation of its new “Piano Operativo” (the urban development plan).
It is a rich programme of events and places, both physical and virtual, where residents, associations, professionals and entrepreneurs can be encountered and the general vision for the social, cultural and economic development of the city of Prato shared with everyone.

Il Piano Operativo

Il “Piano Operativo” (the urban development plan) is a planning instrument which, starting with a general vision of the social, cultural and economic development of the city of Prato, formulated by the Administration in the Guidelines, establishes in detail where, how and to what extent it is possible to intervene in the transformation, enhancement and protection of the municipal region, in both urban and agricultural areas.
The procedure to follow in the preparation of the Piano Operativo is defined by the Regional Town Planning Law, and includes the following steps:

– December 2016, launch of the procedure
–  2017, start drafting plan and strategic environmental assessment
– September 2017, participatory process
– May 2018, adoption of Piano Operativo and environmental report
– June-July 2018, observations made by citizens and authorities
– December 2018-March 2019, final approval and publication


Launch of the procedure


Start drafting plan and strategic environmental assessment


Participatory process

DEC 2016
SEPT – DEC 2017
SEPT 2018
OCT – NOV 2018
DEC 2018 – MAR 2019


Adoption of piano operativo and environmental report


Observations made by citizens and authorities

DECEMBER 2018 – MARCH 2019

Final approval and publication

The four thematic axes

The participatory process covers a period of four months, from September to December 2017. Each month provides a programme rich in opportunities to gain knowledge and participate in each of the four broad thematic axes, around which the development of the city that the new Operational Plan is called on to interpret will be structured. Each thematic axis will give rise to different types of events, from meetings with citizens to workshops aimed at designers and professionals and more recreational initiatives, which will actively involve all citizens. Without forgetting the Operational Plan for children, a “path within a path” created especially for the young.