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18 Locations. 2 Months. 5 000 Visitors. The Informational Tour for the Metropolitan Plan Comes to an End.

The IPR Prague mobile information container made its first appearance at the start of May in Prague’s Smichov district. Its purpose was to familiarize people with the proposed Metropolitan Plan – the new land use plan for Prague – which is currently open to comments from the public. Over a period of 2 months, it stopped at a total of 18 Prague locations, where it was visited by roughly five thousand city residents.

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After several years, preparation of the Metropolitan Plan is entering a new phase: the discussion process. Therefore, the primary aim of the mobile informational tour was to familiarize Prague residents with the proposed plan in such a way that they are aware of what is planned in their area, and to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared for commenting on the plan. The tour stops were carefully selected to enable all Prague residents to visit the info container; the container made stops in 18 Prague neighborhoods, from Kačerov through Palmovka, and all the way to Uhříněves.

I was very pleased that Prague residents showed such interest in city planning. Now we have the opportunity to complete the Metropolitan Plan using their comments, to make it a document of the maximum-possible quality. I am convinced that in the future, we will organize more of these events, because the demand for dialogue and engagement in municipal planning is clearly immense,” says Ondřej Boháč, director of IPR Prague.

The mobile information container remained at each stop for two days, during which IPR employees answered the questions of local residents – whether these pertained to the Metropolitan Plan or to other plans being prepared in the given area. People were most interested in the changes being planned in their neighborhoods and about the future development of Prague’s infrastructure in general.

On Wednesday, June 27th, a public meeting was held at the Prague Exhibition Grounds, which kicked off the thirty-day period for submitting comments on the proposed plan. Residents will have the opportunity to submit their comments until July 26, 2018.

“We expect to receive tens of thousands of comments and suggestions. The extensive communication campaign made it possible for the maximum number of Prague residents to prepare their comments,” adds Ondřej Boháč.

The proposed Metropolitan Plan is still on exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Municipal Planning (CAMP) in Prague 2, where it will remain on display until the end of July. The aim of the exhibition is to familiarize the public with the contents of the plan and clearly explain its methodology. Representatives from IPR Prague and City Hall are also available on site every weekday and are prepared to answer any questions regarding the plan.

What is the Metropolitan Plan?
The proposed Metropolitan Plan comprehensively expresses the vision for the development of Prague in the upcoming decades. It will be followed by government authorities, investors and citizens. The Plan does not address the details of individual buildings and parcels, but rather the concept for the entire city, including the development of infrastructure and areas for new residential development. 

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