By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade
Baku will soon become a more comfortable place for the residents thanks to the realization of the city’s new master plan aimed at ensuring the capital's sustainability and systematic development.
Rufat Mahmud, director of the State Committee’s International Relations and Information Technology Department said that State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture will proceed to the second phase of developing a master plan for Baku in early May, Trend reported on April 18.
He noted that this process will last for the next 18 months.
“Over this period, we expect to fully prepare the master plan of Baku in order to begin the implementation of the tasks outlined within the development concept of Baku,” the head of department said.
It is noteworthy that master plan of Baku will be developed by AS+P (Germany). The company became the winner of the tender announced at the end of 2018.
It is implied that the final version of the master plan will be submitted for approval to the Government of Azerbaijan at the end of 2020. The master plan is a document that defines the types and norms of exploitation of all the land available within the city, and in the next 20 years, all structures that will take part in the development of Baku will be obliged to strictly follow its provisions.
This is the fifth master plan of Baku so far. The first master plan was developed by the famous architect Nikolaus von der Nonne in 1898. In 1932, the capital's second master plan was developed. In 1964, the Council of Ministers approved the third master plan of the city. The latest master plan was approved by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR in 1986 and this document covers the period up to 2005.
The new master plan - "Greater Baku Regional Development Plan" should cover the period up to 2035.
The project sketches were prepared jointly with consultants on issues of economic development, environmental issues, and urban planning.
The "Greater Baku Regional Development Plan" and the "Land Use and Zoning Plan of Baku" projects were prepared in 2011-2014 in accordance with the loan agreement signed in 2007 between the Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank.
The capital, attracting large businesses and foreign investors thanks to the dynamic development, is becoming increasingly popular as one of the major cities for business and living, recreation and entertainment.
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