The drafting of the country’s key development document has started2018-01-10
The Ministry of Environment has started to draft the most important document of the country’s spatial and urban development – the Master Plan of the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. During the ongoing first stage, it is sought to analyse the existing social, economic and current infrastructure situation in the country and to establish its development trends and forecasts.
The Master Plan of the territory is a tool to combine various activities carried out in the country, namely, business, agricultural, tourism, recreation, environmental and cultural heritage protection, and infrastructure, in a high-quality manner. The existing Master Plan will expire on 2020, and therefore, a new generation strategic documents to be used by experts in various fields must be drafted.
The importance of this project is marked by the fact that the current Government has included it into the Portfolio of Strategic Projects containing the priority tasks of all ministries. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis personally supervises the implementation of these projects. The hopes are that the Master Plan of Lithuania will become the key document of the country’s development and that the solutions put forth therein will be valid until 2030, whereas the vision proposed therein will be effective even until 2050. The solutions are particularly important for the efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as each country has to independently provide for certain measures to achieve these goals.
“The key purpose of the new Master Plan is to be of a high quality and be applied in a useful manner”, stressed Vice-Minister of Environment Rėda Brandišauskienė, who manages this project at the political level. “We emphasise the importance of the engagement of all stakeholders in the drafting of this document that summarises the sectoral strategies. It is important that the Master Plan would be considered at the state level as a convenient planning tool rather than a restriction or an obstacle. We can achieve this only by talking and discussing on a wide scale, applying modern methodologies to ensure inclusion”.
The need to update the Master Plan has been discussed for a long time already: over the past two decades the economic and demographic situation in Lithuania has changed cardinally, and also there are strategies that are not compatible with each other in all respects and that have a spatial form as well existing in parallel. According to the Vice-Minister of Environment, the indicator of high-quality of the new document should be a detailed analysis in three aspects, namely, social, economic and spatial. It will allow determining the actual situation in the country, and this is necessary for the formation of Lithuania’s development directions.
The new generation Master Plan has to be drafted and approved within three years. The first stage, i.e. the analysis of the current situation, should be completed in May this year. In subsequent stages, the Master Plan concept will be formed and it will have to be approved by the Seimas, whereas concrete solutions will have to be approved by the Government. This will allow for comprehensive future monitoring and control whether the proposed solutions are suitable and efficient and, where necessary, revising by adopting necessary decisions as amendments, where necessary.
The tender for the implementation of the first stage of the project was won by UAB Taem Urbanistai, acting together with the National Land Fund, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and UAB Sweco Lietuva on a join activity basis. Currently, preparations are made for the procurement of the services for the drafting of the Master Plan concept.
Public Relations Division
10 January 2018