Alexander Drozdenko named priorities for agglomeration of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region
January 2019 года
Alexander Drozdenko named priorities for agglomeration of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region
The border between the two neighboring regions is erased, therefore, it is necessary to observe a balance to create comfortable living conditions in terms of territorial planning.
The governor of the Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko, outlined the priorities for the formation of the Leningrad-Petersburg agglomeration at a meeting with the executive authorities of the region as the press service of the regional government reported.
приоритеты для агломерации Петербурга и Ленобласти
“We shall prioritize formation of the Leningrad-Petersburg agglomeration strategy. This is a balanced development of territories, comfort of living, and ecology. We are creating relations with the neighboring region primarily on the basis of the interests of the Leningrad Region residents. And we expect that our strategic priorities will coincide,” – said Alexander Drozdenko.
We are reminding that preparation of a territorial planning document for Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region has become topical due to changes in the Urban Development Code of the Russian Federation for cities of federal importance.
The regional government emphasizes that formation of a single urbanized space leads to the fact that boundaries of the city and the region are being erased, regulatory parameters of the provision of objects of social, transport, and municipal infrastructures are not achieved in the peripheral zone. 
Pavel Spirin, Deputy Director General of the Scientific Research Institute of Perspective Urban Development Ltd., proposed to analyze and elaborate the agglomeration sectors, taking into account the peculiarities of municipalities while working on a strategy.
During the discussion, issues of integrated urban development, cyclone migration, and development of social business centers were touched upon. The region head underlined that it is necessary to observe a balance to create comfortable living conditions in terms of territorial planning.
As Online47 wrote, the question is in  56 settlements in the the Leningrad region, which are planned to be developed together with Saint Petersburg. These settlements are included in the 1.5-hour transport accessibility zone to the city.
We would like to add that, at present, the Leningrad Region has developed a concept for the integrated development of the region territories adjacent to the Saint Petersburg borders, as well as a concept of joint urban development of Saint Petersburg and the territories of the Leningrad Region (Agglomeration) for the period up to 2030. There is also the United Integrated Transport Scheme of the two regions.
In 2012, the Coordination Council of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in the field of socioeconomic development was established and works to ensure effective interaction between the executive authorities of the city and the region, and the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Directorate for the Development of Transport Systems of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region” was established in 2013.
The total area of the agglomeration zone will be 8,678 sq.km. According to forecasts, by 2030, the population of the designed agglomeration will grow up to 7,250,000 people, and by 2050 it will grow up to 8,660,000 people.
We would like to remind that, according to experts, half of the residents of the Leningrad region (almost 800 thousand people) live right now on the border with Saint Petersburg (in Kudrovo, Murino, Novoye Devyatkino, Bugry and similar residential areas with active housing development); and by 2030, there will be around 1.5 million people. 
Note that the new urban development regulations were approved in early 2018 in the Leningrad region: The maximum allowable build-up density has dropped to 6,000 sq.m. per hectare (for urban settlements), the maximum height has dropped to 12 storeys.  https://online47.ru/2019/01/21/aleksandr-drozdenko-nazval-prioritety-formirovaniya-aglomeratsii-peterburga-i-lenoblasti-63077
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