The Government of the Republic of Albania (GOA) and the World Bank have initiated the Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban planning and land management. The project is an element of the municipal land management component of the LAMP. Its main goal is "to enhance urban land management capacities in the selected municipalities (of Berat, Korca, Lushnje and Gjirokaster) through (1) preparation of regulatory plans; and (2) on the job training and preparation of urban planning guidance manuals to The Consultant is expected to reach the following results: Prepare feasible strategies, plans, regulations and capital investment programs that are consistent with newly adopted national laws and standards and supported by local municipal governments.
Implement an ongoing public consultation process that informs and educates local stakeholders about the importance of market-based urban planning and land management, builds support and ownership for proposed strategies, plans, regulations and capital investment programs.
Achieve professional training of municipal planning staff/officers in spatial and socioeconomic analysis, planning methodologies, capital investment programming, development and management of GIS-based planning databases and preparation, administration and enforcement of development control regulations (for example zoning, building-to-plot ratios, height limits, ground coverage, subdivision and building codes).
Establish an open access digital GIS-based system to support urban planning activities and define a process for periodic updating of data."
The project has an overall duration of 12 months and the work is organized in 8 stages (steps). The assignment will support each aforementioned municipality in the development of demand responsive urban regulatory plans and capacity building through the following activities:
Step 1: Inception Report (submitted on15.10.2009). Review inventory baseline data, prepare a public consultation strategy and program for stakeholder engagement, outline a municipal-level capacity building plan that will be used during the engagement, and provide a detailed revised work plan and timetable for each city.
Step 2: SWOT analysis (submitted on 15.12.2009). Drawing on the city inventory outputs, key informant interviews and a public consultation process, the consultant has prepared a SWOT analysis of each city’s, strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities.
Step 3: City Development Vision and Strategy (submitted on15.02.2010). Based on Step 2 outputs, continuing stakeholder consultations and technical analyses, the consultant prepared a City Development Vision and Strategy. The Vision and Strategy is forward looking out to 2020. It identified future levels of population and housing stock, economic activities, environmental quality levels, levels of public services and programs to overcome weaknesses and threats and leverage strengths and opportunities.
Step 4: Preparation of Municipal Structure Plan (submitted on 15.04.2010). Building on prior steps, the Consultant prepared a long term structure plan. The plan includes economic and demographic projections to 2020, a macro-scale physical plan of land uses, and a delineation of backbone infrastructure and major facilities. The plan is based on an updateable GIS platform.
Step 5: Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan (submitted on15.05.2010). The Consultant developed an investment plan which prioritizes key infrastructure investments needed to increase service quality and accommodate future urban growth. The plan identifies high priority investment projects needed over the next five years. The plan includes a financial assessment of the capital and operating costs of new infrastructure investments and develops a realistic strategy for financing new infrastructure investments and operations.
Step 6: Regulatory Plan (to be submitted on15.07.2010). Drawing on the national enabling legislation and model development control regulations and building codes prepared by LAMP experts, the Consultant has drafted specific zoning, density controls and subdivision regulations for implementing the Municipal Structure Plan. The Regulatory Plan is a set of simple documents with maps (digital and analog), which can be widely available, understood and enforceable. The consultant has worked closely to coordinate activities with the International Urban Planning Advisor, other LAMP experts and the Department of Urban Planning of the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, and Telecommunication (MPWTT).
Step 7: Consolidated Municipal Urban Plan (to be submitted on 15.08.2010). The Consultant will prepare an integrated report, “the Municipal Plan” containing the outputs of all of the above steps. The consolidated plan should include a short executive summary, a glossary of terms, and a list of references, meetings held, and stakeholders consulted. The plan should be available in digital and hardcopy form and include GIS outputs
Step 8: Urban Planning Guidance Manual (to be submitted on15.09.2010). The Consultant will prepare a detailed guidance manual that the municipality can use to replicate the process used to prepare the Municipal Plan. The manual will be comprehensive and incorporate sections on each of the above six steps, provide examples and templates and include references and technical resources.