In 2022, new planning projects for territories in St. Petersburg will be developed only on the basis of assignments issued by officials, which are non-public documents. The parliament adopted the corresponding bill of the governor in the first reading at a meeting on June 23. Fontanka explains what will change with the adoption of the bill.
The bill was introduced by the Smolny representative at the Mariinsky Palace, Konstantin Sukhenko, with a vote. This practice regularly causes dissatisfaction of opposition deputies, as it deprives them of time for a careful study of the document.
Sukhenko explained the need for a change in federal legislation. “This is part of the anti-crisis measures,” Sukhenko explained, but denied the suggestion that this was due to a special operation in Ukraine.
Currently, territory planning projects (PPT) are being developed based on the decisions of the urban planning committee on the preparation of the PPT. These are open documents, they are regularly published on the CAC website in the section on link. In addition, citizens have the opportunity to track what is happening in specific areas that they are interested in, for example, in a location near the house, using a special telegram bot that works as a city-planning guide (we wrote instructions how to use it).
Now, new PPTs will be developed only on the basis of the task that the CAC issues to the applicant. This is a non-public document, which means that the population is losing the opportunity to keep abreast.
Boris Vishnevsky, a deputy from Yabloko, drew attention to the fact that it is not known where and how citizens will be informed about the development of the PPT, and the townspeople will actually find out when the process has already been launched. “It seems to me wrong, it can lead to conflicts,” he stressed and suggested rejecting the project.
He was supported by only six colleagues who voted against (in total, including Vishnevsky himself, seven), one deputy abstained, 39 members of parliament supported the initiative.