Many of the subareas and their provisions were transferred directly from the National Planning Directive with the previous town plan. A number of areas have been modified and new areas have been included in the town plan, including new K areas. The intention has been to foster new tourism development opportunities in the open country. Other strategic initiatives relate to the development of renewable energy projects and various experimental farming schemes.
Some of the K areas are abandoned settlements and existing cottage areas, while others are undeveloped areas. In Avannaata Kommunia, there are many K areas along the coast of the Disko Bay, including large concentrations in Oqaatsut and Ilimanaq. The K areas include both cottage areas and areas for summer homes, where differentiated building options are specified. These changes mean that more modern construction possibilities are offered, cf. the general provisions.
In addition to K areas, the town plan contains L and N areas. The L areas include existing recreational facilities - cabins and camps, while N areas include technical or infrastructural facilities. The town plan also includes M areas, such as dog islands, areas for test farms and for processing of fishing, sealing and whaling products, such as smoking and drying of fish and meat.
The unbuilt areas have been classified into three categories – O1, O2 and O3 areas – of which the latter is unspoiled natural areas where no municipal-initiated activities can take place. O1 areas are general five-kilometre buffer zones around all subareas in the open country to provide the necessary protection of the natural features, wildlife and the like in the unspoiled natural areas. The municipality has no O2 areas (extensive grazing).
Further, the planning of the individual subareas in the open country aims to safeguard the interests of neighbouring protected areas, cultural heritage areas and other preservation-worthy areas. New initiatives include special land-use planning measures to promote the quality and attractiveness of the areas and to improve accessibility to them.