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The second revision of the KPO in 2025 will concern spatial development plans

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The government wants municipalities to have more time to work on spatial development plans. That is why next year it wants to submit an application to the European Commission for another revision of the National Reconstruction Plan (KPO), said Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Minister of Funds, on Friday. “The preparation of these plans is simply ongoing,” she noted.

– The application for another revision of the KPO planned for 2025 will concern the delay in the creation of general spatial development plans – announced the Minister of Funds Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz on Friday on Tok FM radio.

According to the current version of the KPO, in order for the reform of the spatial planning system to be recognised by the European Commission as implemented, general plans must be prepared by at least 80% of Polish municipalities.

– It takes 3-4 years to prepare these plans. Our position is that these plans are very much needed, but we will not be able to do all of them by 2026. The idea is to write that most of them will be halfway there – said Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. – During the second review in 2025, we will check where we are and establish realistic indicators – she added.

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Spatial development plan in each commune

At the end of June, Pełczyńska-Nałęcz reported that the second revision of the National Reconstruction Plan will probably take place in the first half of next year. – The preparation of these plans is simply ongoing – the head of MFiPR emphasized, adding that because the entire KPO is delayed, the government is only now launching financial support for municipalities to prepare these plans. As Deputy Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Sługocki informed on Thursday, PLN 870 million from the KPO has been reserved for municipalities to prepare the plans.

According to the new provisions of the Spatial Planning and Development Act, each commune will have to prepare and adopt a general plan by 1 January 2026. The plan will replace the previous study of conditions and directions of spatial development of the commune. The studies of conditions and directions of spatial development of the communes will remain in force until the date of entry into force of the general plan in a given commune, but no longer than until 31 December 2025.

The general plan is to be a spatial development scheme. Its provisions will be binding for both local plans, including the integrated investment plan, and decisions on development conditions. The standards included in the general plan will aim to indicate the framework within which the target spatial development is to be located; they will also constitute guidelines for detailed design activities at subsequent stages of the planning process, regardless of the legal form that these activities will take.

The general plan will define planning zones and municipal urban standards, and may also define areas of additional development and areas of downtown development. The act also allows residents of a given municipality to independently initiate a planning procedure aimed at adopting a local spatial development plan as part of a citizens' legislative initiative.

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