On Thursday, 24 March, Jurmala City Council, approved amendments to the city’s planning territorial planning. 11 deputies voted in favour for amendments, 2 voted against and one abstained from the vote.
The most significant changes are related to the development of public and resort infrastructure in accordance with the city’s strategic goals. There were five public discussions during the development of amendments. In total, 4,284 people have expressed their opinion in collective applications and e-mails. The largest discussions and protests took place in relation to matters regarding the change of zoning laws in the central parts of the city, as noted by Jurmala City Council.
«Jurmala is and will remain a green town – we have done our best to balance the town’s development strategy goals with opinions provided by residents, businessmen and non-government organizations. Jurmala has to develop – as a quality place to live for our residents and as a modern tourist resort. Reports of all involved institution are positive toward the plan from the perspective of nature protection, preservation of cultural heritage and legal aspects,» – comments Jurmala City Council’s Chairman Gatis Truksnis.
Following the municipality’s initiative to improve the school infrastructure, authorities have marked a location for the construction of a swimming pool near Pumpuri Secondary School. A skating rink will be constructed near Lielupe Secondary School. In Kauguri, the municipal administration has marked territory for the establishment of a local leisure spot – a park on the intersection between Maza Nometnu Street and Talsu highway.
Following an initiative from Dzintara krasts sanatorium, it is planned to establish a resort park in Kemeri and Jaunkemeri. A similar park is planned to be established near Kemeri sanatorium by restoring cultural heritage and small architecture forms. In order to enhance the functions of the resort, amendments also include objects whose allowed height will be increased to 12 floors. Such conditions are applicable to Baltic Beach Hotel and SPA, Vaivari rehabilitation centre, Dzinatra krasts and Jaunķemeri sanatoriums. Updated planning documents also provide space in Bulluciems and Dzintari for the development of medical centres related to resorts.
Amendments also contain requirements for the preservation of cultural heritage – it will only be allowed to build new buildings in place of old, partially ruined cultural monument buildings as long as the condition to preserve at least 20% of the original design is complied with. A re-evaluation of resort territories has been added. The category of resort territory will only be provided to objects that have sufficient development potential.
The decision regarding the development of amendments for Jurmala’s territorial planning was made on 15 May 2014.