In March, on the 7th, 8th and 9th, the Porto Alegre Master Plan Assessment Conference will be held, the first major activity open to the population to deal with the law considered by many to be the most important in the city, as it guides the development expected for the coming years and regulates the profile of civil construction investments.
With the objective of evaluating the current Master Plan, both the 1999 law and the 2010 revision, the conference will “indicate what worked or not, indicate the way to later prepare the proposal”, explains Patrícia Tschoepke, Director of Planning Urban Plan of the Municipal Secretary of Environment, Urbanism and Sustainability. That is, it will be a reading of the current document with an eye on the impact it has on the city.
The activity is part of the city’s reading stage and will include lectures and workshops. On the first day, there will be a general debate on the seven thematic axes defined by the City Hall: social and cultural development; natural environment; cultural heritage; mobility and transport; structural performance and urban infrastructure; economic development; and city management. The themes do not follow the division of the current Master Plan – according to Patrícia, the reorganization took place to give more prominence to matters that are grouped in the legal document.
On the second day, workshops will be held, one for each theme. At the time of registration, participants must choose which axis they intend to contribute and, on the day, they will participate in the activity with their respective group.
The closing will feature the presentation of what each group produced in the workshops of the previous day. “We are going to consider this material for the next stage. The material from the conference will compose the diagnosis of the city”, Patrícia guarantees. PUC/RS will host the three-day event at the Salão de Atos, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Participation is open to all interested parties and registration starts on February 7th in an online format.
The review schedule also includes thematic and regional workshops and the second conference. After finalizing the draft of the bill, the public hearing takes place. Patrícia says that the delay in holding the first conference (it was supposed to take place in December) will not impact the government’s forecast of completing all the steps to take place in 2023.
City Hall conducts participatory stages
The Porto Alegre Master Plan Review is being carried out by the city hall with the support of consultants. Under the cooperation agreement signed in 2019 with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), BRL 10.9 million were transferred to the agency, which is responsible for hiring the companies that provide the service.
Through consultancies, the city’s greenhouse gas inventory was delivered in 2021, work carried out by WayCarbon Soluções Ambientais e Projetos de Carbono. In progress are the work of Ernst & Young (E&Y), Communitá Comunicação Socioambiental and Terrena Tech. But the organization and conduction of the conference are the responsibility of the municipal government.
The expectation was that E&Y, the consultancy with the greatest demand, would conduct these activities. Patrícia Tschoepke, director of Urban Planning, explains that the participatory stages, such as the conference, were already planned by the city hall and justifies that, “due to the hiring method (with the consultancy), no participation process is organized by them”. Even so, representatives of the consultancies must be present at the March activity.
Working groups meet again
As well as the forecast of the participatory stages, the organization of the working groups (GT) that accompany the Master Plan Review also started before the hiring of consultants. There are three groups: technical-operational, with representatives from municipal departments; thematic, with the participation of several entities operating in Porto Alegre; and regional, with members from the planning regions. The work is being resumed this week, after recess at the end and beginning of the year. This Wednesday, the 25th, there will be a face-to-face meeting with the thematic WG, with a presentation of what is planned for the conference and an invitation to anyone who wants to participate in the commission that will forward the dynamics of the workshops at the conference.
Timeline of the Review of the Master Plan of Porto Alegre; self elaboration
- Law No. 434 of the Master Plan for Urban Environmental Development (PDDUA) of Porto Alegre is published
- Law Nº 646 is sanctioned, with the first revision of the PDDUA
- In December, a preparatory seminar for the revision is held, organized by the Municipal Department of Urbanism (today united with the Department of the Environment)
- in october a workshop is held that defines 12 priority themes for the review, redefined to seven themes
- in August a memorandum of understanding is signed with UN Habitat, which was not implemented due to bureaucratic issues
- the year begins with the elaboration of a normative instruction, approved later on, which defines the review stages and working groups
after a few months of suspension, board meetings are now held virtually
- the government of Sebastião Melo bets on “slicing” the updating of urban norms, anticipating some regions of the city; is presented, taken to a virtual public hearing and approved by councilors
- the Historic Center Rehabilitation Program
- In the same vein of “slicing up” the Master Plan, Melo presents and obtains approval for the 4D Program, which alters the urban norms in the neighborhoods that make up the former 4th District
- the working groups are already meeting and the first conference will be held in March; City Hall expects other steps to be completed later this year