Metropolitan Plan to be shown in mobile container

The city wants more people to see the development plan and comment on it

Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) has launched an information tour to familiarize people with the Metropolitan Plan. A portable container with an information stand will go to 17 locations in Prague during the course of two months. It starts at Anděl and ending at Vítězné náměstí on June 28.

The draft of the Metropolitan Plan is also exhibited at the Center for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP) until the end of July.

The Metropolitan Plan outlines the development of the city for the next 20 years, including building heights, infrastructure and the use of green spaces. In the past 50 years, development planning was done by individual districts, without any overall vision for the city. The public can comment on the plan for 30 days, starting on June 27.

The publicity campaign is so people can have a chance to prepare their comments.

“The design of the plan in recent times has seen a major debate, involving many people from different disciplines and institutions. I believe that the long process of negotiation is now well-prepared,” Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said on the city website.

Deputy Mayor Petra Kolínská (Greens) emphasized that the public now has a chance for input. “After the stage where the Metropolitan Plan was prepared by the experts of the Prague Institute for Planning and Development, the inhabitants of the city are next in line. We want to talk to people as much as possible because they know their neighborhoods best. This is why we have organized this tour and a lot of other information activities. We have also extended the time to study the plan by two months,” Kolínská said.

The information container will be at each stop for two days during which IPR staff will be ready to answer the questions about the Metropolitan Plan or other projects in the area.

CAMP, located next to the IPR headquarters at Vyšehradská 51, has a more complete overview of the Metropolitan Plan, with more maps and diagrams. The aim of the exhibition is to familiarize the public with the plan and to explain its methodology. Until June 1, planning team and city representatives will be present two days a week. From June 1 until the end of the exhibition, experts will be ready to consult each weekday.

The draft of the Metropolitan Plan does not address the details of individual houses and parcels, but the concept of the entire city, including the development of infrastructure or areas for new housing construction. “We expect a huge public interest and we welcome it. We are communicating as much as possible. We expect tens of thousands of questions and comments,” IPR director Ondřej Boháč said.

The plan has already faced criticism from environmental groups, as some green spaces near parks and other open spaces have been designated for development. Prague has one of the highest ratios of green space for any major city, and environmentalists want to preserve that.

Other people have expressed concern that overdevelopment could threaten the city's UNESCO World Heritage status.

A list of dates and locations for the container can be found here: www.praha.eu.

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