General Development Master Plans as Tool for Solving Practical Problems in Agriculture


University of Structural Engineering and Architecture (VSU) “Lyuben Karavelov”, BG - 1373 Sofia, Bulgaria


BORISOV, B., 2015. General development master plans as a tool for solving practical problems in agriculture. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 21: 1140–1147

Municipal general development master plans (MGDMP) determine the primary purpose of the territories in the municipalities as urban, agricultural, forestry, protected and damaged areas. Agricultural territories in turn are specifically intended for arable lands (fields, orchards and vegetable gardens, vineyards, meadows, etc.) and non-cultivated lands (pastures, slopes and ravines, gullies etc.) The increase of urban areas via the GDMP in most cases is for the account of the cultivated, high fertile lands. This requires the study of their land category of productivity and the development of an optimum variant for their conservation in the plan. The study of the balance of the territory and the possibilities for the preservation of farmland in spatial planning is a specific tool, analyzed in a few specific examples from Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora and Samokov, through which conclusions are drawn about theory and practice with great effect for solving concrete problems in agriculture.

Key words: General Development Plan, Agriculture, Urban Planning, Integrated Planning, Purpose of Territory, Arable Lands
Abbreviations: MGDP – Municipal General Development Master Plan; GDP – General Development Master Plan; DDP – Detailed Development Plan; ROM – Returned Property Maps; LPAL – Law for Preservation of Agricultural Lands; SPA – Spatial Planning Act; NRDS – National Regional Development Strategy; NSDC – National Spatial Development Concept; OCAL – Ordinance for the Categorization of Agricultural Land

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