The Lombard planning law judged by the plans it has produced - It is now four years since the law on planning in Lombardy was passed and it is both necessary and appropriate to begin an examination of the results, to which the academic viewpoint of the polytechnic can make a contribution. Examination and discussion of the results of this law is necessary even if the recent Regional Law No. 5/2009 postponed the deadline for compliance with the new planning rules by municipalities by one year. A few questions were posed to pinpoint possible ambiguities and weak points in the recent Lombard Law to which the planners who prepared the new general plans have answered both directly and by contributing to the debate over the effectiveness of the law. The weaknesses of the law already known (strategic planning document with no explicit structural values, two sectoral compliance plans, no operational co-ordination plan) have not prevented explicit and innovative discussion of the issues central to municipal planning in the cases presented with results of great cultural and critical importance.