Will Kyiv be left without the current General Plan again?

Will Kyiv be left without the current General Plan again?

The petition “On rejection of the draft Master Plan of Kyiv submitted for consideration in 2020” is registered on the website of electronic petitions of the Kyiv City Council. Its author, Andriy Zgardan, believes that the development of the draft Master Plan was carried out in gross violation of Ukrainian law, the project itself has signs of corruption, and its adoption will bring environmental and man-made threats to city residents.

In addition, the petition proposes to cancel the decision of the Kyiv City Council to approve a number of detailed plans of territories, to audit the current Master Plan and monitor its implementation, as well as to establish a moratorium on construction that does not comply with the current Master Plan.

The author did not miss the situation with the coronavirus. “In connection with the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as in connection with the prediction of scientists of the possibility of other dangerous epidemics in the future, to limit the density of buildings in Kyiv to levels twice lower than the limit levels provided by DBN B.2.2- 12: 2019,” the petition reads.

Andriy Ryzhykov, CEO and managing partner of the development company DC Evolution, believes that Kyiv has long needed to abandon the soviet approach to urban planning on the basis of master plans and DPT. “The world today is very dynamic, and we want to plan very specific things for the next 50 years. At the same time, the not yet approved master plan has been developed for more than 10 years – it’s just phantasmagoric nonsense. Instead, we need a dynamically changing strategy,” said Andriy Ryzhykov.

According to the expert, the petitioner’s desire to impose restrictions and a moratorium on construction is completely unjustified. “Investment and construction activities in Kyiv are one of the most budget-generating, both directly and indirectly. And such attempts to ban construction will clearly show the whole world how investments are treated in the Ukrainian capital. In addition, we cannot change urban planning regulations because of every coronavirus. From the very beginning, Kyiv cannot be a flat, wide city due to its planning. The only correct approach is a competent seal. The city should become vertical and develop in accordance with dynamic strategies, not time-frozen master plans,” adds Andriy Ryzhykov.