The Deputy Mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, ha inaugurado el ‘Foro para la reactivación de la ciudad tras la crisis sanitaria por el covid-19. An approach from urban planning ’, en el que se ha presentado al sector el documento con las conclusiones del comité de expertos que ha trabajado junto al Área de Desarrollo Urbano. Apostar por la rehabilitación o crear un departamento específico para proyectos sostenibles are some of the highlights of a report that contains up to 57 proposals.

From the beginning of the alarm state, the City Council decided to tackle not only the citizen's health problems, sino también los económicos. “We understood that this health crisis was going to lead to an economic and social crisis for which we also started working right away ”, ha declarado Villacís. Un ejemplo de esta circunstancia fue la creación, from the Urban Development Area led by Mariano Fuentes, of the expert committee that the 15 April already started working.

"The city has to evolve and for this it is necessary that the administration also evolve and is not a hindrance that burdens the sector and slows down the creation of opportunities", The vice mayor has highlighted, who thanked the committee members for their dedication and stressed that “the City Council cannot do everything alone, but must serve civil society so that it does what it has always done: regenerate neighborhoods, rethink and enrich cities ”. En la misma línea se ha expresado Sources, that has insisted on the importance of "public-private collaboration and going hand in hand with civil society".

El documento del comité consta de 57 proposals that the City Council will study to see which ones it can integrate into its short-term city strategy, medium and long term. In fact, some of those raised have already been launched by the Urban Development team, such as the Licensing Streamlining Shock Plan, the transfer of land in surface right for the construction of affordable housing o la implantación de la metodología BIM.

The committee, which has met six times by videoconference between the 15 April and 12 of May, está formado por Lola ortiz, dean of the College of Civil Engineers, Channels and Ports and member of Wires; Juan Antonio Gómez Pintado, businessman and president of the Association of Real Estate Developers of Madrid (asperity); Juan Fernández-Aceytuno, engineer and CEO of Appraisal Society; Jesus Stephen, engineer, technical architect and member of the Madrid Surveyors College; Bethlehem Hermida, dean of the Official College of Architects of Madrid (Coamo) and member of Wires; Jesus and Fernando Encinar, businessmen; y los arquitectos Carmen Panadero (president of wires) y Javier Herreros.

The result of this sharing of ideas is the draft that this Tuesday has been presented to representatives of some thirty entities, between professional colleges, unions and employers, associations, companies and cooperatives, so that they can now make their contributions. The objective is that it serves as a guide and helps the administration to adopt measures that give a quick response to the current situation and that help the recovery of Madrid..

The committee's work sessions have focused on five lines:

  • Processing of urban planning licenses.
  • Incentives and legal certainty.
  • Incentives for rent and new construction.
  • Digital transformation.
  • Processing, urban planning and management.

Processing of urban planning licenses

In this first block it is proposed to improve the regulation of urban planning licenses. For it, they encourage the City Council to give an impulse to the Ordinance of Simplification of Urban Procedures in which the Urban Development Area has been working for months. Also, plantean la posibilidad de permitir la colaboración de organismos externos para descongestionar los atascos en la tramitación que el covid-19 haya podido generar; streamline licenses in the field of rehabilitation and create a department of sustainable projects, among other issues.

Incentives and legal certainty

In this point, experts have highlighted the need to increase the amount of the bonuses on the Construction Tax, Installations and Works (ICIO), así como de acelerar la tramitación de las ayudas para la rehabilitation and link them to the fulfillment of the objectives of the Spanish Agenda 2030 en materia de eficiencia energética, environmental conservation and accessibility. También proponen estudiar el desarrollo de una certificación-distintivo covid-19 para establecimientos que hayan realizado mejoras para cumplir con las medidas dictadas por el Ministerio de Sanidad y establecer protocolos de validación para ello, for example.

Incentives for rent and new construction

Se propone potenciar el alquiler mediante la colaboración público-privada en derecho de superficie y study formulas that apply in other countries, como el help to buy, as well as options to recover degraded housing, among other.

Digital transformation

El comité considera necesario impulsar la metodología BIM from the administration, something that the Area is already going to apply as a pilot test in the Mahou-Calderón area, and also improve communications and notifications in the processing of files.

Processing of urban planning and management

It is proposed to make revisions of the regulations of the General Plan of Urban Planning of Madrid (PGOUM) that they could be approved quickly; expedite the creation of compensation boards and urbanization projects, así como colaborar con otras ciudades y preparar dentro de un tiempo una comisión o congreso internacional to visualize that Madrid has overcome the pandemic to build trust.

[Source: Idealista]