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Master Plans of Cities: A Handbook for Citizens

16.01.2014
In the 70 pages of this publication, authors tell readers in simple words about what master plans are all about, what the plans contain, and how these documents can affect the lives of every member of the urban community. In addition to information about the master plan itself, the handbook tells about the difficulties that can be encountered when accessing town planning documents. The book contains tips and samples of legal documents, which citizens can use to help overcome bureaucratic obstacles that stand in their way. The manual will be of interest to representatives of relevant NGOs, state and local governments, experts in the field of territorial development planning, journalists,and all those who are interested in protecting citizens' rights of access to public information Download

A National Report on Monitoring Existing Practices for Allocating Land for Construction in Settlements by Public Authorities and Local Governments in 2008

23.10.2013

A NationalReport on Monitoring Existing Practices for Allocating Land for Construction in Settlements by Public Authorities and Local Governments in 2008

This report was developed as part of the project "Citizen Action Network for the Declassification of Comprehensive City Plans and the Elimination of Corruption in Urban Planning” and was implemented by a coalition of NGOs at both local and national levels. Administration of the project was done by the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives in Luhansk, Ukraine. The public monitoring was carried out within the project "Promoting Active Citizen Engagement and Combating Corruption in Ukraine, and performed by Management Systems International (MSI) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Coalition member organizations focused on state and local governments’ current practices of allocating land for construction in settlements and they implemented campaigns at the local and national levels to make this information public. This report includes results of public monitoring efforts and the public campaigns conducted, as well as examples of the forms and materials used during the monitoring processes, as well as an overall description of the advocacy campaign. The publication is addressed primarily to representatives of NGOs, community organizations, condominium associations that deal with the allocation and use of land for development, local council members and their executive committees, relevant national authorities, such as the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction, and relevant committees of Parliament, and other interested individuals and organizations.

How Comprehensive City Plans in Ukraine are Classified for “Limited Official Use” and What Сonsequences this has for Society: A collection of materials accessed through public examination and an analysis of how and why items are included on the list an

23.04.2013

 

This publication is devoted to the problem in Ukraine of limited public access to the comprehensive city plans of municipalities. It consists of two main parts. The first part deals with how the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine  compiled the list of documents and classified items using the proprietary designation of “Limited Official Use.”  The second part of the book is a compilation of articles about the impacts of making comprehensive city plans unaccessible to citizens and the effects this has on the rights and freedoms of citizens, the economy, public administration, national security, the environment, and the preservation of cultural and historical heritage.

Representatives of state and local governments, NGOs, mass media, scientists, urban planners, architects, and anyone interested in the problems of city planning and public access to critical information contained in comprehensive city plans will benefit from reading this publication.

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How A City Community Can Tame the Leviathan: Organization and Holding Public Deliberations about Comprehensive City Plans

23.04.2013

 

This publication consists of two parts. The first part of the book is  a case-study which is based on real events  of organizations and holding  public  deliberations about the Comprehensive  City Plan of Luhansk. The second part of the book is methodological in nature and contains extracts from the legislation and samples of documents that can be useful for those who want to ensure active public participation during the process of adoption of comprehensive city plans. Representatives of state and local governments, NGOs, mass media, scientists, urban planners, architects, and anyone interested in the problems of city planning and public access to critical information contained in comprehensive city plans will benefit from reading this publication.

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«Official Registration of Exterior Area: Handbook for Condominiums»

23.04.2013
 

 

National law regulating the process of  exterior area  obtaining by condominiums is widely examined in this book. Possible ways of solving problems in the field of exterior area obtaining and mechanisms of protection of the right to own exterior area are analyzed.

Representatives of NGOs, members of community-based organizations, of condominiums, journalists,  local representatives and officials may benefit from reading this manual as well as everyone who is interested in different aspects of exterior area obtaining.

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Public Access to Comprehensive City Plans in Ukraine: A Collection of Materials from the Project entitled ―Public Access to Information from Comprehensive City Plans as a Way to Eliminate Corruption in Urban Planning‖

23.04.2013

 

This publication is devoted to the problem of the continuing practice of restricting public access to the texts and graphical parts of the comprehensive plans of Ukrainian cities. The publication is divided into two parts. The first is a civic monitoring report on the ability of the public to access comprehensive city plans of Ukrainian cities. The second is a collection of speeches given by scientists and civic leaders who participated in the Round Table ―Classification of Comprehensive City Plans in Ukraine: A Strategic Necessity or a Vestige of a Closed Society‖ held in Kyiv on April 23, 2010.
 
Representatives of state and local governments, NGOs, mass media, scientists, urban 
planners/architects and anyone interested in the problems of city planning and public access to the critical information contained in comprehensive city plans will benefit from reading this publication.
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Public Access to Comprehensive City Plans in Ukraine: A Monitoring Report

23.04.2013

 

This publication is devoted to the problem of the continuing practice of restricting public access to the texts and graphical parts of the comprehensive plans of Ukrainian cities. The presented information is results of a civic monitoring report conducted by Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives in 2009-2011.  Representatives of state and local governments, NGOs, mass media, scientists, urban planners/architects and anyone interested in the problems of city planning and public access to the critical information contained in comprehensive city plans will benefit from reading this publication.

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Civic Monitoring Report: Interaction Between Luhansk Local Self-Government and Citizen Initiatives Groups that Advocate the Right to a Safe Living Environment

23.04.2013

 

The book presents the report on the civic monitoring of interaction between Luhansk local selfgovernment and citizen initiatives groups that advocate for the transparent and fair distribution of land in Luhansk city. The professionals from the East Ukrainian Center for Civil Initiatives gathered the data for the report during the period from August 2007 to October 2008. The report describes legislation for public involvement in local decisionmaking on urban planning and the issues of practical implementation of this legislation in Luhansk. Much attention is devoted to the ways of realization of the active and passive citizens' right to information.  The stories of citizen initiative groups' advocacy campaigns for the safe living environment, analysis and examples of correspondence of these groups with government and self-government institutions can be found in appendixes
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«The Reform of Administrative and Territorial Division in Ukraine: the viewpoint of Luhansk community»

23.04.2013

 

This book aims at vivification of discussion on the Reform of Administrative and Territorial Division in Ukraine among wide public. This book does so through distribution of information that was elaborated during the Project "Government and local communities: dialogue for the success of the Reform of Administrative and Territorial Division in Luhansk region". The book includes quality suggestions and ideas from the Project's participants on the subject of the necessity and possible ways of implementation of the Reform of Administrative and Territorial Division in Ukraine.

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«Community Advocating of Habitual Environment from Unlawful Building»

23.04.2013

 

The manual has been prepared based on research of city councils'  policies in the spheres of landed property, architecture and construction. The manual also incorporates the research of urban grass-root groups that defend their right to safe habitual environment during the land allotment   and new construction in their neighborhood. 

The issues of the design, planning and development of urban settlements as well as land allotment for further construction are addressed in the manual from the positions of law and management. Typical conflict patterns and the ways to resolve them through public participation are also shown in the book.

This publication will be useful for advocacy practitioners of urban grass-roots groups, representatives of NGOs, CBOs and local authorities

 

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