Limited area of ​​validity
From January 1st 2019 the Avannaata Municipal Plan 2018-2030 became applicable and has since then been in effect
This means that the Qaasuitsup Municipal Plan 2014-2026 has since January 1st 2019 only been applicable to Kommune Qeqertalik.

Past planning

Planning strategy – Strategy 2020

With “Strategy 2020 – Qaasuitsup Municipality”, the municipal council presents its visions, values and key actions providing the direction for the municipality in the coming years. Once adopted in 2011, the municipal council decided that the vision, values and direction of the strategic plan should also guide the future town plan. The strategic plan is described in more detail under “Vision” in the town plan.

100 dreams and data collection in settlements and towns

For the preparation of "Strategy 2020 – Qaasuitsup Municipality”, 100 citizens in the municipality were asked about their dreams and thoughts about the future. The outcome inspired the strategy, and a discussion booklet "100 dreams of the future" presenting the findings was published at the same time as Strategy 2020.

The main findings of the interviews can be summed up in a number of aspirations for and challenges facing the municipality:

  • The good life in Qaasuitsup Municipality. As nature, light and seasonal changes are paramount to citizens, the need to take better care of the environment was stressed. Many citizens highlighted a strong family feeling, a less stressful life, closeness to the Greenlandic nature and food supplies as important elements of the good life in Northwest Greenland.
  • Particularly important groups in the municipality. It was repeatedly stressed that the most important social groups to address are children and young people. It is important that young people have access to proper education, more information about society and their options in life. It is important to help neglected children. Several of the interviewees stressed the importance of focusing on senior citizens, socially vulnerable groups and the handicapped.
  • Threats and challenges faced by the municipality. Opinions varied on this subject. Unemployment, climate change, a weak municipal structure, drinking problems, lack of educational possibilities and oil-spill disasters are examples of issues highlighted.
  • Sense of community across towns. Citizens encouraged enhanced cooperation between towns and settlements to impart a community feeling across the municipality. Television and the home page of the municipality could be used to strengthen cooperation. Another possibility is sports events for the entire municipality. Employment and workplaces must be secured to impart a feeling of belonging to citizens. Many citizens called for more information about activities in the municipality.
  • The municipality must be known and appreciated for sledge dogs, sledge dog racing, hospitability, community, pure nature and clean towns, a strong and vibrant cultural identity, a modern society in tune with nature, the wilderness, the Kangia ice fiord, its vastness and much more.

Data collection in settlements and towns in Qaasuitsup Municipality

As a follow-up to 100 dreams of the future” and Strategy 2020, a comprehensive data collection exercise was undertaken in municipal settlements and towns. Spanning over two months, citizens’ meetings, workshops etc. were held in several of the towns and settlements in the municipality. Data and input were collected, reflecting the reality and daily life of citizens. Inherently, citizens are the first to know the particular conditions of a town or settlement. Involving citizens in municipal work contributes to strengthening participative democracy and ownership to projects initiated by the municipality. Workshop discussions started from the citizens' views on different aspects of everyday life, including jobs and livelihood, social life, private life and participatory democracy. Ideas and proposals from the workshop were summarised and subsequently presented, discussed and put in order of priority at a citizens' meeting.

The findings of the settlement inventory are presented in the report “2014-2026 Town Plan – data collection in settlements and towns of Qaasuitsup Municipality”. Findings have been processed to some extent and individual responses have been anonymised. However, data have been reported as raw data without any interpretation, which makes it easy to identify the aspirations, challenges and development potential highlighted by citizens. As such, the report presents both qualitative and very specific proposals for the spatial planning, which have subsequently formed part of the work on completing the town plan.

The inventory resulted in a specific plan for the future development of the municipality. In cooperation with the municipal council and drawing on analytical preliminary work, planning and development were ranked in order of priority and potentials were selected for further action. Drawing on the findings of this comprehensive work, the final town plan will include a plan for the future development and planning activities in the municipality.

The eight town plans in force

On 1 January 2009, eight Greenlandic municipalities were merged into one municipality, named Qaasuitsup Municipality. Each of the eight previous municipalities has its own town plan, which remains in force until a new, common town plan is adopted – the 2014-2026 Town Plan.

The eight town plans in force are the following:

  • Kangaatsiaq 1993-2005 Town Plan
  • Aasiaat 1993-2005 Town Plan
  • Qasigiannguit 1993-2005 Town Plan
  • Ilulissat 1994-2004 Town Plan
  • Qeqertarsuaq 1992-2005 Town Plan
  • Uummannaq 1992-2010 Town Plan
  • Upernavik 2008-2015 Town Plan
  • Qaanaaq 1998-2010 Town Plan.

Six of the town plans were adopted at the beginning of the 1980s, and one was adopted in 1998. Upernavik Municipality adopted its most recent town plan in 2008. In principle, the town plans are due for revision every four years.

The old town plans now have to be combined into one and be updated, taking into account adopted town plan addendums, local plans, new legislative acts and changed circumstances. Significant underlying assumptions are provided in this report.

The town plans still in force set out the aspirations, needs and visions at the date of their drafting. In some cases, circumstances and conditions have changed a lot, while others are still topical. According to relevance, however, still respecting area-specific needs, assumptions and potentials, the contents of these town plans will be incorporated into the new town plan. The planning basis determines, along with area allotment, the terms and conditions applicable to the right of use.

”Offshore Onshore” – analysis and town plan addendum

Following the exploration drilling in recent years in the area west of Disko Island, Qaasuitsup Municipality has received an increasing number of inquiries from the offshore sector for acquiring areas for onshore activities. In 2011, an in-depth preliminary study was made: “Offshore onshore – selection of areas for offshore-related onshore activities in Qaasuitsup Municipality”. The findings are presented in a report.

The study identified a number of suitable locations and areas for port facilities and other offshore-related activities. Locations were assessed from a number of parameters, such as existing ports, airway distances, storage facilities and services offered in the different towns.

The study divides offshore-related activities into three phases: exploration, expansion and production. Based on the three phases, the main focus is on two types of locations, namely supply bases and supplementary supply bases. The report identifies two potential locations for main supply bases in Aasiaat and Upernavik and locations for supplementary supply bases in Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Qaarsut and Upernavik Kujalleq.

The preliminary study laid the foundation for the preparation and subsequent adoption of a rather comprehensive town plan addendum – “Town plan addendum covering areas for offshore-related business activities and derived functions”, which was published on 1 March 2012.

The adoption of the town plan addendum paved the way for the expansion of offshore-related businesses. Likewise, the local planning basis for derived functions, such as centres and residential areas is now in place. The town plan addendum covers 25 subareas in the municipality.

Since the town plan addendum plays an important role for the future planning throughout the municipality, it has been incorporated into the 2014-2026 Town Plan.

Link to planning materials:

The planning strategy
The 100 dreams
Data collection in settlements and towns

1993-2005 Town Plan for Aasiaat:
part 1 and part 2

1994-2004 Town Plan for Ilulissat:
part 1, part 2 and part 3

1998-2010 Town Plan for Kangaatsiaq:
part 1 and part 2

2008-2015 Town Plan for Upernavik:

1992-2010 Town Plan for Uummannaq:
part 1, part 2 and part 3

1998-2010 Town Plan for Qaanaaq:
part 1 and part 2

1993-2005 Town Plan for Qasigiannguit:
part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4

1992-2005 Town Plan for Qeqertarsuaq:
part 1 and part 2

The yellow booklets

Preservation-worthy buildings and urban areas are described in the yellow booklets published by the Economics Directorate in 1990. No such work was made for Qaanaaq. The booklets for the seven other towns are available here.

Avannaata Kommunia · Postboks 1023 · 3952 Ilulissat · Grønland · · E-mail: · Tlf.: +299 70 18 00
Kommune Qeqertalik · Postboks 220 · 3950 Aasiaat · Grønland · · E-mail: · Tlf.: +299 70 19 00
Last edited 9-4-2014