The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is a leading factor in strategic thinking, and planning the development of rural areas.
Planning the development of rural areas is expressed on two planes:
- Development of the individual community, with characteristics deriving from accelerating the necessary process of community development and diversified economic development.
- Regional development of the Regional Council's entire area of jurisdiction, which influences, and is influenced by, development of public and private service institutions, development of physical infrastructures, conservation and prevention of environmental nuisances, soil preservation and drainage.
Characteristics of individual community development
The variety and extent of the development activities require planning the built up area and examining the environmental and communal effects caused by the scope and quantity of construction activities in built up areas.Systematic planning of development alternatives at the outline plan level; goal analysis; and examining the number of activities and their mutual effects, such as tourism together with other agricultural and non-agricultural activities, are required.
Analyzing the character of diverse occupations allows the integration of preferred goals within the outline plan, while minimizing environmental and communal damage deriving from an excess of activities within the area intended for construction.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development intervention in preparation of master-outline plans for regional councils
The Regional Council serves as the statutory body for the areas of jurisdiction, including defined borders for the built up communities, inter-community employment areas, institutions, infrastructure installations and inter-community infrastructure systems. The council is also responsible for conservation and maintenance of open areas and environmental protection.The accelerated development activities in the rural areas reinforce the need for updating master plans, including upgrading institutions and infrastructure systems, and increasing the diversity of construction for services, due to entrance thresholds for new services.
As already stated, the rapid increase in the population and variety of economic activities constitutes a quantitatively and qualitatively significant factor.
The Ministry sees its involvement in encouraging the proposal of master and outline plans for the areas of jurisdiction of the regional councils as an integral and significant part of its responsibility.
The master-outline plans examine the socioeconomic characteristics of the population within the areas of jurisdiction, map the existing activities on the blueprints, analyze the inventory, suggest development alternatives and their significance, examine the preferred alternative and examine the implementation stages within the limits of the plan.
All, or part of, the master plans reach a statutory status.
The Ministry representatives constitute a senior factor in light of their responsibility to lead the development plans for communities within the regional councils.