Perelik ProjectDevelopment In 2001, the deputy mayor of Smolyan recruited an expert to develop a draft LED (Local Economy Development) strategy document for the city. The first stakeholder meeting to discuss this document was held in February 2001. As a result of this meeting, stakeholders provided feedback on the content of the strategy. The strategy was approved without major changes and a decision was taken to update the strategy in the next year with stronger involvement of the local community the process. A second stakeholder meeting occurred in January 2002. The aim was to review new data collected, review problems and opportunities, and priority LED actions. An internal ILG meeting was then held to discussed the proposition of LED programs. A third stakeholders meeting began from the presentation by the city team. A structure of goals, objectives and programs were considered on the meeting. The stakeholders discussed and proposed some small changes that have been included in the final shape of the drafted strategy document. Than finally the new LED strategy document has been discussed and approved by Smolyan city Council in autumn 2002. After its approval, the document was published and was made available for the local community and visitors. The current LED strategy document is the result of an evaluation and monitoring review undertaken during the period November 2003- May 2004. The revised strategy was informed by the development of a Tourism Development Strategy for Smolyan that identified data on the state of infrastructure, tourist and tourism- related services, and took into consideration stakeholders opinions and views. This process resulted in the identification of a full inventory of project into implementation phase, in preparation and expected funding approval. Consequently, in May- July 2004, a process of profiling all of the municipal real estate property was be accomplished in order to allow for the better management and investment promotion. Perelik Project A grand project, called “Perelik”, plans to connect the Perelik peak in Pamporovo with the Mechi Chal peak near Chepelare. According to the mayor of Smolyan, the realization of the project will form Rodopi Mountain as a tourism centre with three main tourism bodies - Mechi Chal, Pamporovo and Perelik. The territorial plan of the new resort is ready. The assessment for the environmental impact has already received the approval of the Ecology Ministry. The mayor of Smolyan Dora Yankova announced that the execution of the project will start this summer and next year the tourists will be able to see the results. The Perelik project is stressing on the building of ski pistes and equipment for around 55 million Euro and the construction of hotels in Smolyanski ezera and Raikovski livadi sites. At the moment Pamporovo resort has almost 18 kilometres of ski pistes and 4,920 beds. The plan is additional 29.8 kilometres ski pistes and the equipment, to be constructed and the number of beds to increase with 8000. There is still no real contract for investments, but the Mayor claims that the investment interest is huge. Chepelare municipal helped the Perelik project by introducing the plans for Mechi Chal. It includes 27 kilometres of new ski pistes and 12 kilometres of lifts, 15 kilometres ski run pistes and biathlon, plus a stadium. At the moment Chepelare has 12 kilometres of ski pistes. According to the plan of the municipal administration the now existing base of 1200 beds should increase three times and the project will be build on private lands and forests. The mayor announced that many private companies are interested in the project, although there is still no contract signed. Main goals of the project are to create opportunities for realization of sport- tourism centre with the characteristics and parameters, allowed by the laws and the territory organizational decisions, included in the approved and already operative plan for Sport- tourism Centre Perelik, developed by the Smolyan municipal. Smolyan municipal intends to organize and cooperate for the realization of a major tourism project for construction, exploitation and maintaining of the sport- tourism centre “Perelik” as a public complex of a mountain base for winter sports and sport equipment. Smolyan municipal will develop infrastructural and town organization of the stay and transport of the tourists willing to use the respective equipment. The municipal intends to participate in each phase of development of the project. It will be a regulative body which will follow the execution of the approved projects. Equal access for the investors' plans will be guaranteed. Main data The project plans the construction and exploitation of sport- tourism centre including: - 28 km ski pistes, situated in accordance to the requirements of TUP and OBOC - A system for construction and exploitation of ski lifts and drags. - Restaurants and tea rooms - Construction of new, reconstruction of the already existing and renewing of the infrastructure equipment, transport bases, water conducts and electricity net, drainage, telecommunications and other equipment of infrastructural character. The territory of the investment project will take a total area of 2191,3 hectares and takes parts of the mountain, located around Perelik and Kozuiatok peaks, situated Northwest of Smolyan. Land plots from the resort villages- Gela, Stikel, Stoikite and Mugla will also be included in the project. The projects should be prepared in several stages and should be considered according to the results of the Eco- monitoring. Participants: 1. Physical or juridical persons- Local and foreign physical and juridical persons have equal rights. 2. Investment groups will be also allowed to participate in the competition. 3. Persons who own parts of the territory on which the project will be situated also have the right to take part in the investment plan. However their right to participate in the procedure does not guarantee them the approval of their plans and projects if they do not correspond to the already approved conditions. Smolyan Municipality Every participant in the procedure for choosing of a strategic partner or investor is obliged to include investment, organizational, technical and exploitation participation of the Smolyan municipal in each of the phases of realization of the project- projection, construction, exploitation. The partners should have listed the municipal in their plans for investments and to guarantee the participation of the municipal in them. The start of the procedure was announced on 15.04.2006 by the mayor of Smolyan Dora Yankova. The municipal is obliged to offer free access to all the needed information to everyone interested in it. The documents can be supplied until 31.05.2006. Sport- tourism centre “Perelik” is now waiting for investors A public council will execute the procedure for the selection of investors for the Sport- tourism Centre “Perelik”, announced the mayor of Smolyan Dora Yankova, presenting the members of the public council on 15.04.2006 Head of the council is Mr Andrei Delchev. The structural- territory plan of the complex was approved by the previous municipal council in 2001 and includes approved Assessment for impact on the environment. According to the quoted data, the ski centre will be 1300- 2191 meters above the sea level, where the snow cover lasts 45 days longer than in Pamporovo. The first plans are for the construction of 22 ski- pistes with a total length of 8000 skiers per hour, 3 cabin lifts, 4 wire lined and 5 drag lifts. The data listed in the structural- territorial plan will be used as a base for the development of similar plans. The future ski centre will be constructed on a total area of 2191 hectares and this zone includes governmental, municipal and private forests. According to Dora Yankova the private owners of land plots inclueded in the project will most probably help for the construction of the infrastructure. Just three of the planed ski pistes will be situated on private land plots, the majority of the planned slopes will be situated on a governmental land. The conditions for participation in the procedure for choosing of investors will be published in local and national media. The deadline for the receiving of the documentation is 31 of May.
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