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Draft comprehensive plan for the City of Tartu awaits feedback

Tartu City Government Press Release

Tartu city Foto: Tarmo Haud

13 July / As of Monday, 13 July, the draft of the new comprehensive plan for the City of Tartu will be available for viewing on the Tartu website, in the Town Hall Information Centre, and at the Ilmatsalu Hobby Centre. Feedback from the residents of Tartu regarding the comprehensive plan is awaited until 16 August, when the public display will end.

Tartu Deputy Mayor Reno Laidre is hoping for plenty of feedback from the residents of Tartu on the draft comprehensive plan. This is the most important document in terms of the city’s spatial development, which is why it is very important that residents actively think along and talk about what they would like to see the development of Tartu look like over a period of 20 years’, added Laidre.

The primary purpose of the new comprehensive plan is to shape the city into a spatial whole while also taking into consideration Tähtvere, which joined Tartu during the course of administrative reform. The comprehensive plan sets out, among other things, general conditions for land use, general construction and landscaping conditions for regions, the transport network, areas of environmental value, the green network, conditions governing the protection and use of valuable agricultural land, the high-water limit, and settlement development areas.

The comprehensive plan emphasises the importance of Tartu as a university city and regional centre in Estonia. Changes are planned in the traffic scheme, which will focus on the priority development of the city's outer ring and network of cycle tracks, the creation of a compact and pedestrian-friendly urban space in the city centre, and the reorientation of settlement development areas within rural regions. A great deal of attention has been paid to the public use of the banks of the Emajõgi River.

According to Indrek Ranniku, Head of the General Planning and Development Service, the comprehensive plan determines both the long-term strategic trends and important details of the urban space. ‘On the one hand, the comprehensive plan looks at the city from a bird’s eye view. On the other hand, it is a rather detailed spatial development plan – bridges, streets, areas occupied by a building, forests, arable land, green areas, universities, nursery schools, and sports halls are all reflected here’, added Ranniku. ‘It is important to note that the land use and construction conditions agreed upon in the comprehensive plan for each specific plot are permanent. For example, it would not be possible to build a parking lot instead of a planned nursery school or a factory in the middle of a residential area’, explained Ranniku.

The draft comprehensive plan will be available for viewing from 13 July through 16 August on Tartu’s website www.tartu.ee/uldplaneering2040, in the Town Hall Information Centre, and in the Ilmatsalu Hobby Centre.

Leave feedback until August 16 via the map application, by e-mail (lpmko@raad.tartu.ee) or regular letter (Raekoja plats 3, 51003 Tartu). All materials and the necessary links can be found on the website: www.tartu.ee/uldplaneering2040 (materials are in Estonian).

According to initial plans, the basic content of the comprehensive plan will be completed by the spring of 2021, will be placed on public display in the spring, and will be adopted in the autumn of 2021.

Last changed 13.07.2020