Kytayiv: new approach to land development

The SAGA Development's innovative approach to the Kytayiv development is to use the method of the participatory share of public organizations, research institutions, city residents, and business in elaborating an optimal land development scenario.

The scripting process involves spatial studies, archaeological research at the sites of newly discovered cultural monuments and creation of an open-air archaeological museum based on their results. Series of meetings with residents of the surrounding areas to discuss their proposals for the land development will be an important stage of the work. The Change Agents will coordinate the participation of Kyiv residents in the project development.

The common goal of all participants in the process is to develop the Kytayiv territory in accordance with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals approved in 2015.

Development of the Kytayiv territory involves creation of a balance of factors that ensure the harmonious development of a person and favourable conditions for the community formation: conservation of nature and cultural heritage, mobility, creation of public spaces, access to education, preservation of health, safety, quality food, job, involvement for the life of the community, using modern energy sources and its preservation.

This will be accomplished through conservation and protection of the landscape, support for existing biodiversity and the bio-tourism development. Existing vegetable gardens, orchards, local fauna, fountains and font will be fully or partially preserved, and the lime grove will be replanted.

In the land development process it is planned to create a network of pedestrian and cycle ways, construction of a pedestrian bridge made of light wooden structures, expansion of the existing network of public transport. There will be a new network of public spaces based on the principles of accessibility, hierarchy, decentralization and multifunctionality. The existing educational institutions will be supplemented by three new kindergartens for 40, 90 and 100 places and two schools for 300 and 600 students.

It is planned to ensure fulfilment of the cultural needs of the residents through creation of the institutions of various directions: agrarian and public centre, archaeological museum, media library, water stage and the amphitheatre-type embankment.

The state-of-the-art clinic and nursing home will complement the existing medical infrastructure provided by the clinic and emergency room and provide access to quality medical care for family physicians.

Horseback riding, water sports, downhill, cycling and hiking opportunities are available and in need of further development in the Kytayiv.

During the area development, there will be created opportunities for the community formation. It would be implemented through the use of orchards, greenhouses, vegetable gardens, children's spaces, common rooms, workshops, guest houses, theatre, contact zoo and cultural centres.

One of the key tasks is to preserve the Kytayiv views, the natural horizon line, the favourable conditions for viewing historical monuments and the historic landscape. Implementation of this task presupposes preservation of the existing height of the land development (not higher than 9 floors) and partly the rural landscape.

The next steps, after discussing the Kytayiv development project, will be archaeological exploration on December 26 and meetings with surrounding residents and experts.