Citizens start defining the plan for the city’s coastline

The future of Barcelona’s coastline started taking shape today, with a public session to kick off the participatory process for the strategic plan for the coastal areas of the city: the Coastline Plan.

01/12/2018 14:16 h

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The session focused on a shared vision for the city’s coastline and adjacent areas and how the Coastline Plan should contribute. The meeting was held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and brought together representatives from the administration, Port de Barcelona, the Federation of Barcelona Residents’ Associations (FAVB), organisations linked to the coastal areas and city residents.

The session opens the period of reflection on the coastline management model to be developed by Barcelona with the broadest possible consensus. The seafront includes a series of areas with specific needs and calls for solutions via a plan which today’s public debate started to centre on.

A coastline by and for everyone

The Coastline Plan must serve to organise and manage urban spaces along the seafront, including coastal neighbourhoods, ports, beaches, facilities and open spaces. This vision seeks a second conquest of the city’s seafront, continuing to win back the area after the transformation started in the 1980s. This means a quality open space which all citizens can enjoy, with no exceptions. The plan also seeks to set out the emerging paradigm for all stakeholders along the city’s coast.

This vision has already been defined in projects such as the redevelopment of the space next to the Moll de la Fusta wharf and the planning framework for the management of the Port Olímpic. This initiative now addresses the entire coastal area, the participatory process being the first step.

Start of the participatory process

Representatives from the cities of Palermo, Anvers and Saint-Nazaire opened the meeting by presenting examples of good practice elsewhere. An explanation followed on the focus of the Coastline Plan and the participatory process, and finally a series of debates were held with themed participatory workshops to validate the results of the analysis and the identification of proposals.

The main themes for discussion were the relationship between the city and the port; the environment, the beaches and resilience; the economy, facilities, culture and ocean character; public space and social cohesion, and mobility.

The municipal government will now be working to develop the proposals which came up in the broader debate and continue preparing the plan in more detail. The proposals which prompted the most interest among the public will be the focus of new participatory meetings in the next few weeks, adopting a smaller format.

The ultimate goal is to establish a new consensual paradigm for the definition of strategic working areas, proposals and actions responding to each existing challenge along the whole seafront in the city, according to the concerns and needs of people who live and work there and benefit from the use of the area.

 

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