Spatial Planning Unit

The unit deals with tasks related to strategic planning, including the preparation of development policy documents for the regional government.

The Strategic Planning Unit is responsible for preparing such documents as the regional development strategy, supra-regional strategies and the regional spatial development plan. The documents prepared also address the spatial planning and development policy of functional and problem areas. The unit evaluates the implementation of development and spatial policy by preparing such documents as the yearly state of the region report and a periodical assessment of the regional spatial development plan. It also participates in conducting a landscape audit, in cooperation with the Spatial Data Modeling Unit.

The Strategic Planning Unit participates in interregional and international cooperation concerning development policy, analyzes relevant national and European documents and prepares opinions and positions concerning regional development and spatial planning for the regional government.

The unit is engaged in the functioning of the Mazovian Territorial Forum in cooperation with the relevant units of the regional government as well as the municipalities and counties of Mazovia.

Approvals and Opinions Unit

The Approvals and Opinions Unit in Warsaw is responsible for implementing the regional government tasks concerning development policy and spatial planning, in accordance with the granted powers of attorney, in particular concerning the scope of the Act on spatial planning and development of March 27, 2003:

reviewing drafts of local spatial development documents (studies of conditions and directions of spatial development and local spatial development plans);approving projects of studies of conditions and directions of spatial development;approving projects of local spatial development plans in terms of regional government tasks and landscape audit results;approving drafts of public-purpose investments decisions and building condition decisions;issuing opinions on acts on rules concerning street furniture, billboards, advertising devices and fencing;preparing materials when a complaint is filed on a regional government decision to the Local Government Appeal Council;maintaining a register of decisions on the location of national and regional public purpose investments;maintaining a  register of decisions on the location of national and regional public purpose investments;maintaining a register of local (municipal and county level) public purpose investments.

Other tasks of the Approvals and Opinions Unit in Warsaw include:

preparing responses to requests for public information;preparing answers and position papers in response to: letters, protests, inquiries, interpellations and petitions addressed to the regional government;preparing opinions, analyses, position papers concerning draft laws, regulations and documents on the European, national and regional level;taking care of formal aspects of the functioning of the Regional Urban Planning and Architecture Committee.

The unit has participated in the implementation of such projects as:

D-Air– Decarbonated Airport Regions (Interreg IV C),QLAIR (ARC), Civitas.Net (URBACT),NODUS (URBACT II),NSBCoRe – „North Sea Baltic Connector of regions” (Interreg Baltic Sea Region),Intra Policentricity (Metrex),Rail Baltica Growth Corridor – (Baltic Sea Region Program 2007-2013),Airport Regions Conference (association of regions and cities with international airports),YouInHerit – „ Youth involvement in the innovative valorisation and revival of traditional trades and crafts as cultural heritage to make urban regions more attractive and competitive in a dynamic age” (Interreg Central Europe).

Spatial Planning Unit

The unit deals with tasks related to strategic planning, including the preparation of development policy documents for the regional government.

The Strategic Planning Unit is responsible for preparing such documents as the regional development strategy, supra-regional strategies and the regional spatial development plan. The documents prepared also address the spatial planning and development policy of functional and problem areas. The unit evaluates the implementation of development and spatial policy by preparing such documents as the yearly state of the region report and a periodical assessment of the regional spatial development plan. It also participates in conducting a landscape audit, in cooperation with the Spatial Data Modeling Unit.

The Strategic Planning Unit participates in interregional and international cooperation concerning development policy, analyzes relevant national and European documents and prepares opinions and positions concerning regional development and spatial planning for the regional government.

The unit is engaged in the functioning of the Mazovian Territorial Forum in cooperation with the relevant units of the regional government as well as the municipalities and counties of Mazovia.

Finance and Accounting Unit

The Finance and Accounting Unit is responsible for day-to-day transactional accounting and ensuring timely payments of accounts by the Mazovian Office.

The Unit carries out a preliminary verification of economic and financial operations in terms of compliance with account plans. Documents are also verified in terms of completeness, trustworthiness and validity of documents before they are submitted for approval to the Office Director.

The Unit’s employees prepare numerous monthly, quarterly and annual reports regarding the Office budget, as well as reports on projects co-financed from EU funds.

Organizational and Administrative Unit

The Organizational and Administrative Unit is supervised by the Office Deputy Director for Logistics. Its main task is to provide organizational and administrative services for the entire Office. The tasks carried out by the unit include:

property management and upkeep, maintaining the Office archives, maintaining a storage of office supplies, supervising IT equipment, databases and the Office webpage,managing the IT network,planning and managing public contracts,purchasing materials, assets and services,securing transport needs,providing front office service,ensuring safety and hygiene at work,providing service for employees’ foreign business trips;providing service for projects being implemented by the Officeworking in the field of public relations.

Publishing Unit

The Publishing Unit is responsible for:

acquiring texts for publication, preparing texts for publication, managing the editorial process, graphic design, proofreading, typesetting and preparing materials for print, preparing public relations materials.

The Publishing Unit prints: large-format maps, mapping studies, promotional materials designed by the Unit (bookmarks, flyers, folders, calendars, business cards, banners, etc.) and the monograph series “MAZOWSZE. Analizy i Studia” (Mazovia: Analyses and studies).

The Publishing Unit coordinates the publication process of a local scientific periodical „MAZOWSZE Studia Regionalne” (Mazovia: Regional Studies).

Spatial Planning Unit

The unit deals with tasks related to strategic planning, including the preparation of development policy documents for the regional government.

The Strategic Planning Unit is responsible for preparing such documents as the regional development strategy, supra-regional strategies and the regional spatial development plan. The documents prepared also address the spatial planning and development policy of functional and problem areas. The unit evaluates the implementation of development and spatial policy by preparing such documents as the yearly state of the region report and a periodical assessment of the regional spatial development plan. It also participates in conducting a landscape audit, in cooperation with the Spatial Data Modeling Unit.

The Strategic Planning Unit participates in interregional and international cooperation concerning development policy, analyzes relevant national and European documents and prepares opinions and positions concerning regional development and spatial planning for the regional government.

The unit is engaged in the functioning of the Mazovian Territorial Forum in cooperation with the relevant units of the regional government as well as the municipalities and counties of Mazovia.

About office

The Mazovian Office for Regional Planning was established by resolution No X/37/99, adopted by the Mazovian Voivodship Regional Council on the 17th May 1999.

The office was set up after the administrative reform of Poland in 1999 by merging five spatial planning offices from the former regional capitals.Currently the organizational structure of the Mazovian Office for Regional Planning incorporates the Warsaw Office and 5 local branches in Ciechanów, Ostrołęka, Płock, Radom and Siedlce.

The statutory activity of the Mazovian Office for Regional Planning is fulfilling tasks set by the Mazovian Regional Government in the field of regional politics and land-use planning which include:

elaborating and updating The Spatial Development Plan of the Mazovian Voivodship – a regional planning framework which specifies the intended use, zoning and land development, as well as the distribution of public purpose investments,elaborating and updating The Regional Development Strategy of the Mazovian Voivodship,elaborating The Spatial Development Plan for the Warsaw Metropolitan Area,conducting studies, preparing analyses and reports in the field of regional development and spatial planning,elaborating and implementing projects financed by the European Union,evaluating applications under the Regional Operational Program,monitoring and maintaining a spatial development database and cooperating, in reference to the Mazovian Spatial Information System, with the Geodesy and Cartography Department of The Mazovian Voivodship Marshal’s Office,participating in working out regional development projects,evaluating government programs, directed to accomplish regional public objectives,publishing a scientific journal – “MAZOWSZE Studia Regionalne” (MAZOVIA Regional Studies),evaluating the key municipal documents in the field of spatial planning,preparing reports for the Regional Government,supporting the regional Committee of Urban Planning and Architecture, professional associations, and local authorities in field of regional development.