Land Use and Development Polish Regulatory Framework and Democratic Rule of Law Standards


There is widespread belief in Poland that the spatial planning system is not working well. The way the problem is most often seen in the media is that there is insufficient growth in new residential development when compared with social needs; instead of facilitating the appropriation of new land for residential purposes, the spatial planning system hinders housing development. The system is also criticised for causing increasing planning chaos in Polish towns and villages. Residential properties are being erected on land without infrastructure and without any possibility of being connected to sewage, drainage, water supply or road networks; a trend that appears to be the rule rather than the exception in the vicinity of big cities. It is noted that trafficintensive projects (in terms of both collective and individual traffic), such as large shopping centres, are being developed without the local streets and transportation networks being improved.