In Ukraine, 287 out of 470 districts do not have any freely available urban planning documentation, and almost 80% of planning schemes have been developed before 1991. There is almost the same situation in other regions. 7 out of 24 regions of Ukraine do not have any territorial planning schemes at all.
This topic was discussed today at the presentation of the project “Participatory Spatial Planning in Ukraine” initiated by BRDO experts together with the Ministry of Regional Development and with the support of the МATRA project of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project’s outcome will be the creation of an open web resource to search and access urban planning documentation and filling it with the necessary information.
“For example, due to limited access to information, investors are not able to check, which land plots are undeveloped and can be used for construction projects. Therefore, it is a common practice to provide land plots for construction purposes in environmental protection areas, in coastal protection zones, green areas and only then – to legalize all these aspects in urban planning documentation,” the Construction Sector Head at BRDO Olena Shulyak said.
BRDO experts consider this situation unacceptable and believe that urban planning documents that regulate construction rules should be published for all administrative and territorial units. Moreover, it should be open and accessible, because it is not only a legal requirement, but also something that the public and investors, both domestic and foreign ones, need.
The web resource devoted to the Project is developed now. The test version is available at http://pmap.minregion.gov.ua/. There already are the study’s results on the quality and openness of data on regional planning schemes as well as a map to search for urban planning documents.
The pilot region in the framework of the Project will be the Sumy region. Today a relative Memorandum of Cooperation was signed.
“We glad that the Sumy region was the first region that joined the Project. This is an opportunity to make our region open and understandable both for investors and citizens,” the Head of Sumy Regional State Administration Mykola Klochko emphasized.
According to the Ministry of Regional Development, only 24% of urban planning documents, which according to the State Statistics Service’s official report as of January 1, 2017, covered 460 cities, 885 urban-type settlements and 28,377 villages, are published in Ukraine.
Details of the Project are available at: https://brdo.com.ua/projects/vidkryte-prostorove-planuvannya/