Krasnodar, 9 October. The regional capital sets the tone for other cities of the region – conversations and discussions about the new “town-planning constitution” are now being actively held at the seaside, where the region’s other biggest cities are located.
The Anapa Master Plan is being developed by St. Petersburg Institute for Research in LongRange Urban Development, the same institution which worked in Krasnodar. The experts proceeded to the work at the sea resort not long ago, following the inspection of the housing development in the city performed by the regional commission by order of the governor. The commission registered 120 problematic construction sites in Anapa.
“They can be divided into three groups: the sites erected or legalized by a court decision; the sites for which the City Hall had issued permits with violations; and the sites lacking any documents whatsoever – that is, unauthorized constructions,” Mayor Vasili Shvets recounted.
“We are withdrawing many permits issued for the construction of residential blocks at the seaside, and are reserving additional land parcels for green zones and social facilities. As a matter of fact, we are fighting for each single square metre of land in a resort city. It is hard work, but we must do it to preserve this city for the following generations, for our children who will be growing and living here.”
The experts from St. Petersburg have also set about working on the master plan of Gelendzhik. This work began before the numerous inspections held in the seaside cities. The designers have held a survey to analyze the current situation in the city. It showed that the main problems in the townsfolk’s view are the bad roads, lack or poor condition of the entrances to settlements and bridges, tunnels and overpasses; they consider it necessary to build new motor roads and resolve the problem of the overloaded network of streets.
Sochi is also facing town-planning changes. The municipal Master Plan Institute has presented a draft document providing for the preservation of the appearance of Sochi as a historic settlement. The development of a new city master plan has also begun in the city.
“It is badly needed due to a number of reasons,” City Mayor Aleksei Kopaigorodsky said. “First, the planned figures about the population size calculated in 2009 have changed since then: in fact, about 600,000 people now live in the city. We need to renew and finish the topographic base of the entire area [of the city]. The new master plan will establish the boundaries and the subject of protection of the city as a historic settlement.”
Mayor also noted that it is the city’s greenery that needs to be preserved and increased in the first turn. To do so, all main municipal parks, gardens and other public areas have been audited and put on cadastral registration.
Besides, forty new sites were revealed whose permitted use was stated as “the construction of blocks of flats and commercial realty.” Now new regulations have been implemented to change this permitted use into “areas of common use.” Thereby, the city has found and is legalizing land plots that will become green zones.
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