Every time the legislature announces the elimination or reform of zoning permit, serious concerns are raised. This time is no different.

After all, planning permissions are a BASIC METHOD OF IMPLEMENTING SPACIAL POLICY. And at least until the appropriate spatial planning acts are enacted, this situation will not change.

On the other hand, the development and implementation of such acts is a difficult and time-consuming task, and given the past experience in this respect, WE DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO BE ADOPTED FAST.

It is true that in the course of works on the amendment to the Act on spatial planning, the authors of the draft resigned from a complete liquidation of the WZ, but the validity period of such decisions still raises some concerns.

Te authors assume that the zoning permit will have to be consistent with the general plan and will expire after three years from the date of issuance.

Often this is too short a period to carry out the investment – especially in case of more extensive projects. Considerable problems may also arise when the WZ decision expires in the course of works. Hence, it should be valid for at least five years.

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