EXPERTS DISCUSS FIRST YEAR OF ‘FAR EASTERN HECTARE’ LAW
21 April 2017
The expert roundtable ‘Year of the Far Eastern Hectare Law: Initial Results and Prospects’ was held in Moscow on 20 April as part of preparations for the third Eastern Economic Forum.
On 1 May 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on the ‘Far Eastern hectare’. According to the law, each Russian can acquire a land plot for five years free of charge in any of the nine regions of the Far East and then subsequently lease or own it. The project will last until 2035.
Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Sergey Kachayev said that more than 84,000 applications have been submitted for land plots to date and that 12,000 plots have already been allocated to citizens for use.
“The first year of the implementation of the law on the ‘Far Eastern hectare’ is coming to an end. Amendments are currently being made to the law, which will simplify citizens’ access to land plots, work is being carried out with the regions to provide the land recipients with the necessary infrastructure, the development of a system of state support measures for the hectare recipients is continuing, and improvements are being made to the federal information system ‘InFarEast.RF’, which citizens can use to receive a plot”, Kachayev said.
Residents of the Far East have shown the greatest interest in the land plots, accounting for approximately 85% of the total number of applications, while interest has also been seen from residents of Moscow, the Moscow Region, St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region, Krasnodar Territory, and Sverdlovsk Region. The biggest demand has been for hectares in the Primorye Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Russians are typically acquiring land for individual housing construction, agriculture, and recreational activities.
“More than 30 standard business plans have been prepared for the use of land plots, which are posted on the website of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East. For the second year in a row, we are holding a ‘Far Eastern hectare’ contest to identify the best ideas for the use of the plots. The contest winners will be able to present their projects at the third Eastern Economic Forum”, Deputy General Director of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East Denis Kuzin said.
Kuzin said the average time between submitting an application and receiving a land plot is currently 33 business days. Improvements in work by the authorized bodies and their interaction with the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) when issuing hectares will reduce this period to 21 days.
Applications to obtain a ‘Far Eastern hectare’ can be registered remotely with a minimum set of documents in the ‘InFarEast.RF’ information system, which is operated by Rosreestr, or at regional multifunctional centres throughout Russia.
“The method used to provide land plots is revolutionary for our country. The system is currently receiving around 1,000 applications per day”, Rosreestr Deputy Director Andrey Pridankin said.
The speakers noted that one of the main objectives is developing infrastructure in the territories where the land plots are being provided. At present, the Far Eastern regions are adjusting their infrastructure development plans in accordance with the applications that citizens are filing.