The Elche City Council has launched the renovation project of the General urban planning plan. After the constitution of a commission made up of representatives of political groups and municipal technicians, the local government board will approve the document tomorrow to promote consultation prior to the preparation of the plan. The mayor of Elche, Carlos González, has indicated that the objective is “promote a public debate“on the city model, as well as detecting the key issues and the main challenges from the point of view of urban growth.
However, the government team already has a list of key issues that it considers a priority to solve with future urban planning. The first of them responds to the need to increase the supply of land for economic activitieswhile the second deals with the need to revitalize neighborhoods which he considers to be particularly old, such as those of Carrús Este, Palmerales, the Old Cemetery and, also, the historic center.
The Camp d’Elx It is also marked in red among the challenges of the new General Urban Development Plan with the intention, Carlos González indicated, “to preserve its value and use it as an asset.” To this challenge, the mayor also adds the need to integrate the airport and the Matola AVE station in the city, as well as the integration of the Miguel Hernández University campus into the city’s fabric.
The conservation of cultural heritage and the need to equip the fabric of the city and the districts of residential land for housing are other challenges that arise in the review of the General Urban Planning Plan for Elche, which also considers the Vinalopó riverbed as the environmental axis of the Elche territory.
The mayor of Urbanism, Ana Arabid, explained that within the process that is now open, with prior consultation, three alternatives are launched to be evaluated by the agents who want to be involved in the development of the new urban planning. The first of these, as is mandatory, is non-intervention, which would mean continuing with the current General Plan and making specific modifications.
The second alternative that is put on the table is due to reviewing the PGOU from a perspective of polycentric growth, with residential land in traditional centers, such as the city and districts of Torrellano, La Marina, La Hoya and Las Bayas, and favoring the development of more land for economic activities in Elche Business Park and with the development of the Porta d ‘Elx. The third alternative is committed to growth centered on the urban center of Elche and on the Business Park, ruling out increasing the development of the rural environment and creating new areas with land for economic activities.
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