Krasnodar, 24 July. Last week, two important documents were discussed in Krasnodar: the City Master Plan and the Strategy of socio-economic development until 2030. This was an unprecedented event for the city, in which the main urban-planning document had been developed for many years without even thinking of any long-term development.
This summer, the City Master Plan has become one of the most important topics for discussion in Krasnodar. Many local dwellers voiced their ideas and asked the City Hall for explanations. According to many complaints, some land parcels had been allocated into some zone which later changed the assignment of those land parcels. For instance, one of our interviewees said that the parcel he had bought to run business, in the new draft master plan turned into a recreation zone. Our expert Yuri Pustovit from the Yug Law Bureau explained that if this complaint would not be considered now, the period of settlement may last for a long time.
Sometimes the master plan forbids to carry on businesses on a certain land parcel which were permitted before the master plan was approved. In this case, the land owner has two choices: either to go to the local self-governing body with a request to amend the master plan, or to dispute the master plan at court.
Public discussions of the 2030 Strategy also aroused great interest of local residents. Because of the pandemic restrictions, they put on face masks and came to the public hearings about this document. Our expert, Professor Aleksandr Polidi says that the Strategy is not “a desk analysis of some theoreticians;” it has a strong point – it is very concentrated. “We followed the path of least resistance by choosing the most effective directions and proposing to put the main emphasis on them. This is how we can take a quick leap in the development of the city,” said Mr. Polidi. He noted that the sequence of implementation of the projects under the Strategy is determined by their importance. For instance, it is critically important to improve the work of the public transport. The second top priority issue is the development of urban agglomerations. “On the whole, we think that the city should not be considered separately from small towns and villages around it. Only then we would be able to change Krasnodar from being an archaic city into a modern and well-developed megalopolis.” The public activist Yelena Shuvalova stressed that it is important to restore the existing aquatic and green frame of the city. “Krasnodar has huge areas of ‘sealed surface’, which is why any abrupt rainfall may result in flooding. “Drain gardens, and systems of natural water outflow are the technologies well known everywhere in the world, though we are not adopting them and they are not mentioned in the Strategy. We are still using composite panels for the façades, and our omnipresent gray metallic fences are an absolute crime against a city located in the mild warm climate,” she said.
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