Involving publicity to the process of spatial planning of rural community

Donor: UNITER Project (Pact Inc., funded by USAID) and International Renaissance Foundation.

Budget: UAH 95 820.

Partners:

  • NGO Kozachka, Petrivka village, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, Odesa obl.
  • NGO Agency of Local Development of Husiatyn district, Husiatyn, Ternopil obl.
  • CF Renaissance of Mynkivtsi State, Dunaivtsi, Khmelnytskyi obl.

Timeframe: May 15, 2010 – May 31, 2011

Project Area:

  • Petrivka village, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, Odesa obl.
  • Mynkivtsi village, Dunaivtsi district, Khmelnitskyi obl.
  • Hadynkivtsi and Krohulets villages, Husiatyn district, Ternopil obl.

Project Goal: to create the basis for stable social and economical development of 4 rural communities of Ternopil, Odesa, Khmelnitskyi obasts through providing support to development and adoption of schemes of territorial planning of villages on the base of direct citizens’ participation and considering public and private interests.

Project Objectives:

  1. To improve relevant professional skills and knowledge of local self-government bodies and CSOs in order to implement the procedures of accounting public and private interests while the schemes of territorial planning of 4 rural communities-participants being developed and adopted;
  2. To strengthen the citizens’ participation in development and adoption of schemes of territorial planning of 4 rural communities-participants on different stages through advocacy campaigns;
  3. To conduct the public monitoring of implementing of procedures of accounting public and private interest during the spatial planning according to the legislation;
  4. To ensure the public access to adopted schemes of territorial planning of 4 communities-participants for publicity and entrepreneurs, potential investors.

Project Implementation

Stage 1

  • Creation of Public monitoring groups in every community-participant. The representatives of local CSOs and authorities, key communicators, farmers and entrepreneurs became members of the monitoring groups. The groups were to conduct public monitoring of the planning processes, enhance public discussion of the draft layouts;
  • Consultative and expert support of local governments and Public monitoring groups in conducting spatial planning and events of public discussion.

Stage 2

  • Publishing previous drafts plans;
  • Informing publicity about previous draft plans (banners, information packs and information bulletins, public events);
  • Gethering and generalization of recommendations by conducting round table discussions;
  • Conducting the meetings of Public monitoring groups to monitor how public recommendations were considered and how the legal procedures were kept;
  • Informing communities on the stages of improving the draft plans, agreement with authority bodies and state expertise via informational bulletins.

Stage 3

  • Creating of plan of public discussion of draft plans;
  • Informing publicity about final draft plans (banners, information packs and information bulletins, public events);
  • Conducting public events (public presentations, round tables);
  • Conducting public hearings (according to the legislation the public hearings are the final event of the public discussion of draft plan);
  • Gathering and generalization of recommendations.

Stage 4

  • Conducting sessions of village counsels where the plans were adopted;
  • Publishing the decision of counsels on adopting the plans via mass-media;
  • Informing communities on the content of the plans via web-site and brochures;
  • Conducting the final meetings of the Public monitoring groups to fix the results and monitor the final procedures of publishing the plans.

Project results:

  1. In 4 communities the Schemes of territorial planning developed on the base of considering the interests of communities, authorities and business;
  2. 327 representatives of 4 rural communities took part in public discussion of draft plans, at least 5 500 citizens are covered by information campaign (printed banners, information packs, information bulletins);
  3. 121 persons submitted their recommendations concerning content of planning documentation, the propositions are taken into account;
  4. 31 community activist are involved into the monitoring of local spatial policy;
  5. People from 4 rural communities and all interested parties received the access to the content of spatial planning documentation (1200 brochures, web-site).

Project products:

Web-site “Rural community territorial development planning”

Brochure “Scheme of territory planning of Hadynkivtsi village council”

Brochure “Scheme of territory planning of Krohulets village council”

Brochure “Scheme of territory planning of Petrivka village council”

Brochure “Scheme of territory planning of Mynkivtsi village council”

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