In this study, I approach strategic spatial planning as the integration of land-use planning in the broader practice of strategic management of a city. To date, there are only few studies that denote a secondary role to actual strategic spatial plans and instead suggest that strategic spatial planning is primarily about strategic management of a set of instruments and policies (e.g. Bryson, 2018; Mäntysalo et al., 2015) and related institutional arrangements (McFarlane et al. 2015). In this regard, I aim to show that the transformative capacity of strategic planning is not pertinent to strategic qualities of the spatial plan but integration of planning in the city’s broader strategic management practice.