The workshop for the evaluation of the Municipal Development Plan of Mamusha in relation to the drafting of the Municipal Zoning Map is completed
The Municipality of Mamusha, supported by
UN-Habitat Office in Kosovo held a 3-day workshop that took place during the 2nd
week of July in Bitola, North Macedonia.
The main purpose of this event was the Evaluation of the Municipal Development Plan
(MDP) of Mamusha (2014-2023), thus measuring the legal and conceptual
validity of the document that would further support the completion of the next
phase which is Municipal Zoning Map (MZM). Around 30 officials (Mayor of
Mamusha, municipal staff coming from various departments, representatives of
public regional companies and civil society organizations)participated in delivering the objectives of this workshop including the
Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP)/Institute for Spatial
Planning (ISP) representatives as well.
Upon arrival at the designated location,
welcoming notes took over followed by an introductory session among the
municipal staff and the facilitators. The first day of the workshop started
with several presentations by MESP and UN-Habitat representatives addressing
the legal framework of MDP and MZM, earlier experiences in the planning process
and other aspects of evaluation.
The second activity of the day was dividing
participants into 7 focus groups, each delivering a thematic field (Land and Urban Planning, Public Space, Plots and Blocks,
Development Rights, Building Codes, Land-based Finance, Graphics) relevant to the Sustainability Assessment Framework. The aim of this exercise was
to familiarize all participants with the sustainability assessment methodology
and jointly practice this methodology to assess the sustainability of the
planning processes and documents.
The second and third days of the workshop
were solely dedicated to the MDP Evaluation and Implementation tools,
respectively. The second day was divided into two sessions: (1) Evaluation
of MDP’s profile data and (2) Evaluation of the MDP planned development. Seven groups again were formed each covering
a respective field in line with the municipal document (MDP structure + Economic Infrastructure/surfaces, Settlements +
Residential Infrastructure, Demography + Economic Infrastructure/Enterprise +
Infrastructure and Services, Technical Services and Infrastructure, Public
transport infrastructure, Cultural and Natural Heritage + Environment).
During the final
day, implemented activities/services for each MDP thematic field and objective
were identified and assessed. Six groups were formed covering relevant
interdisciplinary fields (Social
Development, Economic Development, Public Transport Infrastructure, Technical
Infrastructure, Land use, settlements and housing, Environment, heritage, risk
assessment and disaster management). All of the groups discussed and
presented their findings at the end of each particular session.
According to the
presented evaluation findings, the current MDP was partly implemented. The only
objective that was mostly achieved is the one related to the road
infrastructure, where the most projects were implemented by the Municipality of
Mamusha. The positive fact is that MDP of Mamusha is valid until 2023, meaning
that still there is time for achieving other objectives (and
activities/projects) presented within the MDP.
At the end, it was concluded that all the evaluation results will be analyzed and presented in one comprehensive report, including the final recommendations regarding further steps towards drafting the Municipal Zoning Map of Mamusha. In addition, UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning expressed their readiness to support the municipality of Mamusha in moving forward regarding drafting the planning documents.