Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Conducted its own Monitoring Study about the Availability General Plans

Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Conducted its own Monitoring Study about the Availability General Plans

Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Conducted its own Monitoring Study about the Availability General Plans

The NGO Move – which is a union of NGOs in the Dnipropetrovsk region – took the results of their monitoring work public. They said the reason they did this was that regional authorities unlawfully denied access to the general plans of cities in the region to its residents. In their reply to Move, the administration decided to verify the information that was publicized by the community activists. They examined the status of access to urban planning documentation on their own. According to Alex Burik, Deputy Head of the Regional State Administration, the master plans of 10 cities located in Dnipropetrovsk are available on the internet and access for other urban areas is provided in the rooms of governmental institutions.

"In the Dnipropetrovsk area, we were only able to find the master plans for 8 cities: Dniprodzerzhynsk, Kryvyi Rih, Nikopol, Pavlohrad, Synelnykove, Ternivka, Pershotravenvsk, and Vilnohirsk. Ironically, despite assurances from the Administration, the master plan for the city of Dnipropetrovsk itself was not found,” says Alina Bondar, an analyst at the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives. “We checked the availability of master plans for all cities of Dnipropetrovsk and found that they were available in only 28 city councils. This is 40% of the total. Compared to other regions in Ukraine, this is good, but there is still significant room for improvement,"continues Alina.

But, this is not the only problem.

"Another aspect is the quality of images posted on the internet. Many sites have maps of general plans that are of such poor quality that nothing can be understood from them. Kryvyi Rih is a striking example of a horrible image of the graphical component of a master plan,”commented Svetlana Shulga, the Head of Move. "Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. No area municipality has provided adequate access to their master plan on the internet. It seems that the regional administration has not looked at the pathetic image of master plans for sites before they answered us,” continues Svetlana.

Between July 2012 to March 2013 the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Union of NGOs Move, together with the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives, studied the availability of master planning documents to the public. In Dnipropetrovsk, the survey covered all 20 cities. The specific results of the monitoring survey can be found at http://cityplan.in.ua/cities.

An important accomplishment in EUCCI’s campaign occurred on September 16, 2013. This is when the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing of Ukraine canceled the requirement to use the stamp "For Official Use Only" on large-scale maps and plans of cities.

Xenia Leshukov
Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives

+38 0642 491374

The activities of the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives are aimed at ensuring the availability of comprehensive city plans for citizens.This work is part of the project, "Citizen Action Network for the Declassification of Comprehensive City Plans and the Elimination of Corruption in Urban Planning" and is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation's Rule of Law Program.


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