19 July 2021

IUDC Lviv 2030 and GCAP 2035 with SPARCS

The deputies of the Lviv City Council adopted two strategies for the development of Lviv for the next 10 and 15 years. Namely, “Integrated Development Concept: Lviv 2030” and “Green City Action Plan until 2035”. These are two key strategies that support the sustainable transformation of Lviv and the achievement of the City Vision 2050 – “climate-neutral and energy-independent city” 

Integrated development concept: Lviv 2030 is a framework concept that defines the main priorities of the city’s spatial development. It will be complemented by sectoral strategies in various spheres of city life: transport, housing, energy, etc. The list of some key priorities of Lviv’s spatial development until 2030 include, among others:

Intensive use of land resources of the city

The text of the concept provides the following justification for this priority: “The scenario of intensive development is implemented through more efficient use of available spatial resources within the urban fabric with minimal development outside. This option involves, in particular, rethinking the functions of existing areas within a radius of 4-5 km from the city center (a kind of “Belt of Opportunities”) and their effective use in the future.

Fig. 1 Scenarios of extensive and intensive development of Lviv (source: Integrated Development Concept: Lviv 2030)  

Achieving the vision of a “city of short distances”

“The development of Lviv as a city of short-distances by rethinking the former industrial territories, together with the reorganization and strengthening of major transport arteries, will give a chance to reconcile the development of housing with public transport, creating better conditions for overcoming short distances on foot or by bicycle. This will reduce the need to move, optimize existing connections to reduce the need to use cars. To realize this vision, it is first necessary to rethink areas that are used inefficiently, are close to the city center, and have good connections with the public transport network” which is provided in the text of the Integrated Development Concept. 

Fig. 2 Lviv is a city of short distances (source: Integrated Development Concept: Lviv 2030)

Preservation and development of the natural carcass of Lviv

The Integrated Urban Development Concept determines the uniqueness of the natural carcass of Lviv and prioritizes its preservation along with the development of parks and water bodies.

Fig. 3 Preservation and development of the natural carcass of the city (source: Integrated Development Concept: Lviv 2030)

More about the Integrated Development Concept: Lviv 2030 under the link.

The Green City Action Plan consists of 8 strategic goals of Lviv, which are supplemented by specific projects that the city plans to implement by 2035 to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly development for all residents. These strategic goals are:

  1. Improving air quality in the city.
  2. Development of a system of sustainable mobility in the city.
  3. Bringing waste collection, reuse, disposal, and management procedures to international standards.
  4. Development of sustainable water and wastewater management system.
  5. Proactive and conscious leadership in municipal self-government on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  6. Development of pleasant, comfortable, and functional buildings with maximum energy efficiency and minimum CO2 emissions.
  7. Expansion of green areas and introduction of new ecological elements throughout the city in order to improve living conditions for residents and increase the diversity of flora and fauna of the city.
  8. Lviv enterprises adhere to high levels of sustainability and resource efficiency.

More about the Green City Action Plan is under the link.

Sustainable Energy Positive and Zero Carbon Communities

These two strategies complement the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan until 2030, and together with SECAP and Zero Waste, which are under development now, contribute to the ambitious vision of a climate-neutral and energy-independent city of Lviv in 2050, formulated within the Sustainable Energy Positive and Zero Carbon Communities. More about the project on the website https://www.sparcs.info/ and in a short video: https://fb.watch/v/10Xb1yxeF/


Fig. 4 Vision of climate-neutral and energy-independent city of Lviv and key strategic areas.

After defining a long-term vision for a climate-neutral and energy-independent city in 2050 and approving medium-term strategies for 2030, it is necessary to work on short-term plans and projects in the areas of spatial development, energy, mobility, and waste management. This is exactly the task on the agenda of the SPARCS project today. Lviv City Council in cooperation with the City Institute, Municipal Center of IT, Lvivelectrotrans, and Lvivavtodor are developing the Implementation Plan Lviv and adapting to the local context innovative Positive Energy District solutions demonstrated in Leipzig (Germany) and Espoo (Finland).

Prepared by Maksym Terletsky