South Tyrols model of procuring urban zones refers to a land policy model which has been applied to residential zones in South Tyrol since the 1970ies. Beside others, the models characteristics are the compensated expropriation and allocation of zones for social or subsidized housing, residential buildings for local population as well as a remaining area for housing without further restrictions. Using a selected community as a case study, the model of procuring urban zones is analyzed regarding its application and effects. South Tyrols model of procuring urban zones was able to prevent hoarding of designated building land by land owners and to achieve a social mixing. Using the community of Eppan as an example, problems regarding the affordability of housing for the middle class and regarding the goal to achieve inner urban development could be demonstrated. In the light of the draft of the new planning law of South Tyrol, recommendations were formulated. Also, the transferability of the evaluated model to Austria was discussed.