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Montenegro’s spatial planning for sustainable development

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The spatial plan of Montenegro until 2040 is set to delineate corridors for the construction of essential transportation infrastructure. According to Svetlana Jovanović, who leads the spatial planning development, planners face the challenge of balancing geographical features and terrain configuration with numerous protected areas.

“Our upcoming plans include completing the existing highway and constructing new ones, such as the Adriatic-Ionian highway, a continental route in the central region, a coastal expressway, and a fast road in the north. The goal is to enhance Montenegro’s infrastructure, facilitating better internal connectivity and linking with neighboring countries and Europe through pan-European corridors,” Jovanović stated.

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The spatial plan aims to leverage all state developmental potentials, with particular emphasis on Luka Bar, which requires proper integration with roads and railways to its surrounding areas. The significance of Luka Bar is also recognized in the 2018 Coastal Area Plan.

“In the draft plan, there are development goals prioritizing the improvement of Luka Bar’s connectivity and operations, along with enhancements to Luka Kotor, general maritime shipping, and modernization efforts. This holistic approach is essential for dynamic and sustainable development,” Jovanović emphasized.

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Local residents in Bar have vehemently opposed the proposed construction of an LNG terminal due to concerns about seismic activity and environmental impact.

Jovanović stressed that any future infrastructure projects, including an LNG terminal, must strictly adhere to safety and environmental regulations to protect the well-being of residents and the environment.

At a recent municipal debate in Budva, residents expressed opposition to plans for a wind farm in Brajići and a fast road in the proposed corridor.

“In response to local concerns, planners have adjusted plans to ensure minimal impact on settlements, agricultural land, and cultural sites. Balancing public and private interests is crucial for responsible planning,” Jovanović noted.

Public discussions on Montenegro’s spatial plan will continue through thematic round tables organized by the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Urbanism, and State Property, starting on March 21st.

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