We want to change our environment for the better. Space should fit our daily needs. New residential complexes should be designed so that we have a convenience store, bus stop, school, kindergarten or park nearby. The epidemic has clearly demonstrated how much we need recreational areas close to home. People will soon move out of apartments with no green around them. The suburban phenomenon will intensify and the migration of residents from the cities will accelerate. We don’t want to let that happen

– Minister Anna Kornika said.

Space is a national property of special importance, so we must pay special attention to its protection in order to ensure an adequate quality of life for its residents.

Dr. Tomasz Sławiński, Chairman of the Committee for Planning and Architecture of Major Cities emphasized.

Planned reform aims to simplify the spatial planning system. The planning activities of local governments are clear

Dr. Thomas Swiensky added.

The aim of reforming the spatial planning system is to simplify and organize it, as well as adapt to the changing environment. The current system gives a great deal of freedom in arranging investments, which results in messy and costly management. The work on preparing reform assumptions focuses on protecting undeveloped areas, protecting the environment, simpler rules for protecting property, restoring aesthetics of space, and the issue of freeing attractive lands to complement existing buildings. Reform will be a response to the problems faced by modern cities – the suburbs, urban sprawl or urban heat islands. The new assumptions will also allow for increased community activity. More transparent and comprehensive procedures will contribute to this.

Spatial Planning Repair in KPO

The National Reconstruction Plan is a document that sets goals for reconstruction and building social and economic resilience in Poland after the crisis caused by the epidemic. It is the basis for reaching € 57 billion in grants and loans. Spatial planning reform in the KPO project was also included in the component “Economic resilience and competitiveness” and non-refundable funds were seized in the amount of PLN 900 million.

The Urban Planning Office consultations are ongoing on spatial planning reform. It is attended by representatives of local governments, representatives of the professional circles involved in the planning procedures, and representatives of the science world. The consultations will continue until March 31.

Spatial planning system has two levels

The reform provides for the introduction of a new two-stage spatial planning system. Its basis will be a general plan – a local law that covers the entire municipality area and establishes framework assumptions for spatial development. The specific purpose of the land will be determined on the basis of the development plan, integrated investment project or site decision.

Urban standards will also be developed to ensure residents have access to adequate infrastructure and necessary services. It is important that schools, kindergartens, bus stops, green spaces and services are close to the property. Urban standards will act as a mechanism to limit the issuance of positioning decisions for areas unsuitable for the needs of future residents.

Yes to fix!

Work on reform is a response to the demands presented to the ministry. In February, preliminary consultations were held on reform assumptions. Experts and practitioners involved in spatial planning and development have positively adopted the proposed assumptions and objectives, allowing the business to continue.

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