Jurmala city development plan’s recent changes tried to secretly pass vastly expanded building rights on the piece of land owned by Mayor of Jurmala Gatis Truksnis. Truksnis owns a pine park building plot, where it is allowed to build a mansion. Changes to plans, however, provide permission to build an apartment building.
Three and a half thousand m2 large piece of land in Valteri, Puku Street 71 was bought by Truksnis in 2012 for EUR 100,000. This money came from his savings, as reported by De Facto programme.
During the process of preparing changes to the city’s development plan, the Mayor’s owned piece of land turned pink: the pine park became ‘Mixed centre building territory’. It is mentioned in the city council’s documents that this area planning is used in two situations: in places where there had historically been a wide land use spectrum and places that serve as neighbourhood centres. It is unlikely that the piece of land in question falls in the same category.
Changes to the original plan would allow the construction of all kinds of 2.5 stories buildings in a place where Truksnis is currently not even allowed to plant anything.
«No, it’s not like that,» – said Truksnis in response to the question whether or not those changes are meant to satisfy him specifically. During the conversation the Mayor promised that any benefits he may get come from the plan as a whole: «In order to put to rest any remaining doubts, I can request the vote on this matter to be cancelled or withdraw changes from the plan to keep things as they are.»
Truksnis says the change in zoning seems logical because the territory next to the piece of land that once housed old production territory has much larger construction potential than his land does.
He does deny, however, that he was the one who requested changes. He only wishes to build a mansion on his piece of land. The project has been coordinated with the construction office, but work has yet to begin.
Documents of the city development plan do not contain any information on changes in zoning on Puku Street 71.
Changes to the Jurmala plan were developed by a private company – Grupa93. Its representative explained in a written reply that each neighbourhood should have an everyday goods store. «With that, it is proposed to classify the territory between Puku Street and Darzu Street as mixed construction territory. We do not look at owners of the property. What we do take into account is the potential use for those territories and what functions they can serve the population in the future,» – as Grupa93 writes in its reply.
Truksnis says he does not plan to build anything else on his piece of land. «No, of course not,» – he said.