Infrastructure in spatial planning of Poland (comments on the „Expert Project of Spatial Management of the Country until 2033 concept”)

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Summary:

Infrastructure constitutes an integral part of each spatial management plan, including the national plan. It may be even stated that it provides the "back-bone" of the spatial structure of the whole country. It is the same in the "Project of spatial management of the country until 2033 concept" developed by
a team of geographers from the Institute of Geography, PAS in Warsaw and economists from Łódź, Gdańsk and Warsaw. The "Project", preceded by the word "expert" in its title deserves attention, among others due to the fact that it is
a second attempt at changing the "The concept of the country spatial management policy", which was adopted by Polish Parliament (Sejm) in 2001 and published in Monitor Polski No. 26 item 432, dated 16 August 2001. It means that the "Con-cept..." developed in 2001 is still effective. The first attempt at changing the "Concept... entitled "Updated concept of the country spatial management" [RCSS, September 2005] was made in 2005 and published, however it was not
accepted by Polish Parliament (Sejm) and has been abandoned. It is noticeable that the word "policy" has been omitted (!) in the title (and not only there) in both publications. The Author presented the analysis and assessment of the "Expert project... of December 2008" in his article published in "Infrastructure and Ecol-ogy of Rural Areas " No.5/2009. In the presented article the Author focused on an evaluation of the infrastructure as seen in the "Expert project...", not only be-cause the authors themselves attach great importance to this element of spatial structure in Poland, but primarily because of the approach to this issue as a whole in the "Expert project..." version of 2008. Both positive and negative aspects of this project were pointed out in this assessment, including (unfortunately) numer-ous faults and even omissions. Readers themselves should decide whether this very critical opinion is right.

Citation:

Siemiński J. 2009. Infrastructure in spatial planning of Poland (comments on the „Expert Project of Spatial Management of the Country until 2033 concept”). Infrastruktura i Ekologia Terenów Wiejskich. Nr 2009/ 09