Elena Povetkina: utility networks of Moscow to be incorporated in Consolidated plan by year end


Lowering administrative barriers in construction sector, creating a unique in Russia Consolidated plan of utility networks and transferring of state services related to construction to e-format became the main issues of the interview with Elena Povetkina, Head of the office for optimization and control over procedures related to urban planning policy of Moscow Department of Urban Planning Policy.

We would like to know more about the creation of the Consolidated plan of underground utilities. What this work is carrying out now, what are the advantages of this plan for developers and authorities?

The Consolidated plan is a unique information resource. To create an electronic database,  more than 300 thousand documents on the Moscow underground space accumulated since 1944 were digitized. There are very few examples of such resources; they are created in the most developed countries. In particular, we are aware of such resources in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

The Consolidated plan is an inventory of underground space of Moscow. It will include all underground parts of buildings, communications and their projects.

For developers, this plan will facilitate the procedure of connection of newbuilds to utility networks, and reduce the terms of works. Designers will also have benefits from using this Plan while carrying out their work. The Consolidated plan will minimize the need for geodesic surveys. This information will be of service to investors for preliminary assessment of the investment attractiveness of a certain area, in order to understand the possibilities of its development.

It is planned to complete the Plan by the end of 2016.

Since May 20, 2016 GPZU (development plans of land plots) is completed with information from the Consolidated plan of utility networks and underground facilities of Moscow. What are the benefits for developers?

That’s right, Moscow has introduced a new order of issuing GPZU – now it includes information from the Consolidated Plan. Nowadays developers have an opportunity to obtain a number of services submitting one application. In the framework of GPZU he gets full information on all town planning conditions and limitations of the certain land plot.

Do administrative barriers in construction always considered as a negative factor?

Not always. Sometimes they protect residents from the risks associated with construction, so the question of their removal must be handled with reasonable standard of care. While simplifying the existing regulation it is important not to overdo it: while reducing the burden of administrative controls it is necessary to ensure the safety of construction and control over development of the urban area.

Administrative barriers in the construction can be divided into three types: the barriers of the federal legislation, the barriers of the Moscow legislation and the barriers related to access to utility networks provided by utility distribution companies. While federal and Moscow barriers have been sufficiently regulated, the order of connection to utility networks is not largely regulated yet.

What are the current plans of converting services to e-format for this year?

Before the end of 2016 it is planned to launch online services of approval of PSTS (project specific technical specifications) by Moskomekspertiza and two services related to the Consolidated plan: issuance of certificate on compliance of documentation to the Consolidated Plan of underground utilities and structures and provision of data from the Consolidated Plan.

It is also expected to launch the provision of data from the Moscow Information System for supporting urban development in Moscow exclusively in electronic format.

Stroim Prosto