The Warsaw’s Development Strategy is a vision of the city's development to be realized in the upcoming years. It the most important document for local authorities, because it helps them make crucial decisions.
Currently, the third edition of the development strategy is being formulated in Warsaw. The previous strategies were adopted by the Warsaw City Council in 1998, and 2005.
The difference between this strategy update and the previous ones is a broad scale inclusion of the residents and other stakeholders. At each stage, the local community’s voice serves as a starting point for further work, in contrast to the case in the past when residents and stakeholders were only able to formulate their opinion on the already introduced solutions. This enables everyone to take part in the decision making process concerning the directions of Warsaw’s future development.
WHAT IS THE WARSAW OF THE FUTURE LIKE?
WARSAW 2030 means:
ACTIVE RESIDENTS – Warsaw is us, the residents. We pursue our own paths, develop our own interests, realise private dreams and professional aspirations, but we combine our efforts to engage in our city’s life because we all feel responsible for it.
A FRIENDLY PLACE – Warsaw is a city where everyone feels at home – free and safe. The abundance of space resulting from the skillful mix of tradition and modernity, urban and natural environment, local character and the features of a capital city offers a comfortable everyday life and favourable conditions for engaging in various activities.
AN OPEN METROPOLIS – Warsaw is a city open to the outside world. It boldly faces challenges and inspires others. Owing to its diversity and willingness to engage in cooperation, it creates a unique environment for building and developing ideas. It is an important link in the network of European metropolises.
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WHY DO WE NEED A STRATEGY?
The Warsaw’s Development Strategy, similarly to the strategies of other communes in Poland, is not a document required by law. Despite this fact, a great majority of local governments decide to prepare such document. The reasons behind the decision are following:
- a strategy defines our objectives and the ways of achieving them, which means that the local government authorities, city officials, as well as social and business organisations which cooperate with the City know what their primary focus should be. It is an element of strategic management, and as such a strategy makes the functioning of the City more efficient. It is also a starting point for the preparation of programmes and/or plans that state what kind of activities, tasks and projects will be implemented;
- a strategy ensures that money and other resources of the city are used primarily for implementing the most important solutions, which increases the effectiveness of the undertaken activities;
- As early as at the stage of the strategy formulation, it facilitates cooperation with external entities which influences the shape of the city. In consequence, it is easier to meet the strategy’s requirements and ensure the stability of city policies;
a strategy facilitates a better realisation of the development potential of the city as well as neutralises its weaknesses.