In the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, the Assistant Minister Mr Djordje Milic, the representative of the Office for IT and e-government of the Serbian Government Mrs Dragana Zivkovic, the representatives of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities Mrs Klara Danilovic and Mr Igor Miscevic, the Mayor of the City of Sombor, Mrs Dusanka Golubovic and numerous representatives of the City of Sombor (Helena Roksancic Musulin, Miroslav Kovacic, Miodrag Petrovic and other associates), Mr Stephan Wilforth PhD (company tetraeder, Dortmund, Germany) and AMBERO project with its associates have presented the „Concept of introduction of the digital participation process in urban planning on the level of local self-governments on the example of the City of Sombor“.
On the initiative of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, beginning of this year a pilot-project has been initiated in Sombor regarding the introduction of digital participation in urban planning. AMBERO project has engaged German company Tetraeder from Dortmund, which has a long-term experience in this area and has successfully implemented projects in more than 130 German municipalities.
The meaning of the proposed Concept is enabling citizens to have access to urban planning documents over internet, without using a specialized software and without specialized prior knowledge of the planning process. That way, citizens can actively participate in the planning process by delivering their comments and suggestions regarding the presented planning documents. With this process, a whole new level of communication between local self-governments and their citizens is being established, as well as the growth of transparency and higher acceptance of procedures intended in the planning process.
PhD Stephan Wilforth has presented a document in which the current practice in Serbia and Germany is presented and which contains a comparison of the Serbian and German planning system and legal basis. The history of introduction of digital participation process in Germany, which began 20 years ago because of the slow adjustment of legal regulations to the planning practice, has also been presented. In this context, Mr Wilforth emphasised that Serbia could have a huge time advantage in that way, since the whole process on the level of local self-governments, by using their prior experience, could be carried out ten times faster in comparison to the time it took in Germany.
At the end, next steps in the implementation of the presented Concept in Sombor have been proposed, as well as the idea of introducing this kind of practice in other municipalities in Serbia, with the objective of digitalization of services which local self-governments offer to their citizens.
The Concept and the presentation are only available in German languague.