Without highways, airports, industrial zones or power stations can not be none of us, at the same time, however, none of us wants to have them "in his backyard." Now about this increasingly more recent phenomenon, the Agency B.I.D. services organized already 2nd conference NIMBY effect in Prague hotel DAP. The attractiveness of the topic is evidenced by the increase interest of the governments, businesses and non-profit sector compared to last year's premiere. This year, the conference was attended by over 60 different subjects and together nearly 100 people. Developer Panattoni Europe has contributed to the first year, but this year was the general partner.
"The aim of the conference is to highlight the common mistakes investors, cities and citizens and to open a discussion on good practices leading to minimize the NIMBY effect. Every project is different, in general, we should move towards this model: the investor as investigator of the loads in a given area, the city as a intermediator of dialogue and the public as a translator of constructive and alternative solutions. All three parties, in any case, should act as partners and not as rivals, "said Vojtech Zelenka, the main organizer of the agency B.I.D. services.
"From a developer point of view, the biggest problem is when we decide on an investment, not all the inputs are given, ie. Especially information accompanying investments. Investor so often learns about the requirements of governments and civil society when it is too late. We are so appreciate for the conferences like this, because they contribute to the education of all concerned, which is very helpful, especially at the stage of investment decisions, and it gives us the opportunity to talk with partners the same language, "said Pavel Sovička, Managing Director of Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The term NIMBY comes from USA and is derived from the English "Not In My Backyard," in Czech "ne na mém dvorku". It characterizes the negative attitude of residents who refuse to allow to built certain project in their immediate neighborhood. Typically, these charitable facilities that may encumber their neighborhood are highways, airports, incinerators, power plants, wind parks, industrial areas or commercial or residential development projects.
The issue of NIMBY effect is very complex and involves a series of subtopics. A key role is played by the rules of participation between the city and its citizens, proper spatial planning, supporting investment, but also appropriately selected communication within the project.