Zadar Obtains Building Permit for Damaged Riva Reconstruction

Lauren Simmonds

It’s been a whole year since the Zadar waterfront (riva), especially the pier, was severely damaged during a strong storm.

As Morski writes on the 20th of November, 2019, upon seeing the gravity of the situation along the historic Dalmatian city’s waterfront, the state of disrepair of which was actually initially recorded around ten or so years ago when experts advised that it should be redeveloped, preparations for the waterfront’s revitalisation were finally taken seriously by Zadar’s local government.

There has been no money in the city budget to carry out the much needed reconstruction work so far, according to a report from 057 info.

In order to receive 70 million kuna for the waterfront’s rehabilitation and reconstruction, the Zadar waterfront will need to change its ”status” from being maritime domain of general use under the jurisdiction of the City of Zadar, as such, it will become a port open to public transport. Such a status will see certain areas of the waterfront be managed by the state through the Zadar Port Authority. In this way, and through the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the City of Zadar hopes for faster funding for the necessary works from European Union (EU) funds.

In the meantime, information from the Department of Construction and Physical Planning was received. In the area off the coast of Peter Krešimir IV, amendments to the spatial plan of the City of Zadar, which have not yet entered into force, will create the preconditions for the establishment of a port area – which will become the aforementioned port which is open to public transport. Around a month ago, a valid building permit was obtained for the reconstruction of that particular area. The project covers the rehabilitation of the coastal wall along the entire waterfront from “Foša” to the ”Sea Organ”, including the existing pier, all within its existing dimensions, according to the Construction Department.

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