More than 7,000 people applied for Arctic hectares during the year
More than 3,500 people have received a total of 2,600 hectares of land under the Hectare in the Arctic programme since its launch a year ago. At the same time, the number of applications submitted by citizens exceeded 7,200, the Far East Development Corporation (FEDC) said.15 August 2022
Murmansk Region, Karelia and Arkhangelsk Region are the leaders in the number of applications for plots beyond the Arctic Circle. These three federal states accounted for almost 88% of all 'Arctic' applications (6,300). Krasnoyarsk Territory's polar areas showed the least results: despite the fact that about 2,500 hectares were allocated for the programme's land fund in the region, acceptance of documents for their registration is still pending. Alexander Stotsky, General Director of the Project Office for Arctic Development, talks about this.
A year of the programme's work has revealed a number of shortcomings — these are scheduled to be addressed during the Duma's autumn session. One of the draft laws has been prepared with the participation of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, and among the planned innovations is the elimination of a legal conflict that makes it difficult to build individual houses on territories with unapproved urban planning regulations. The amendments proposed by the Nenets Autonomous Area suggest that local residents have an exclusive right to receive plots in Arctic areas within six months after the list of lands selected for participation in the programme is expanded. For its part, the Arkhangelsk Region considers it advisable to provide for state support in legislation for the development of areas, where at least 20 sites are compactly located.
The first year of the Hectare in the Arctic programme has clearly demonstrated its promise.