A major step in Croatia’s efforts to develop health tourism.
The Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning has issued final approval for the II. Amendments to the Spatial Plan (PPU) of the Municipality of Nerežišća, which finally opens the way for the realization of, currently, the largest investment in the health tourism in Croatia: Brac Medical City, estimated at around EUR 900 million.
The project will develop near the town of Nerežišće. “On Thursday, we have the required consent to change the IVP’s, as well as the approval of the urban development plan (UPU) for a new tourism zone in the bay of Smrka on the southern coast of Brac,” the mayor of the municipality Lovro Kuščević reported for Poslovni dnevnik. He announced that next week the Municipal Council will propose the adoption of the relevant spatial planning documents, which are a prerequisite for further activities. The councilors will have to make a few big and important decisions to set foundation for the intensive economic development of a small island municipality that can make Nerežišće a small town in the next ten years.
The development has been mapped out in all directions, tourism and health, aquaculture and agriculture, and investors are not in short supply. Brac Medical City will be a new tourist zone area of 13.5 hectares, where the planned construction of 1,250 beds in hotels and villas, making this the most important new investment on the Croatian islands in general. A new harbor is also planned and it is estimated that the investment will be about 6 mi EUR.
The municipality is working hard on networking between various businesses in the area, so that local food producers will also benefit from the new project but also, stone quarries will expand and a new quarry will be started. The new spatial plan will also benefit the Sardina fish canning factory that will get higher quotas for their fish farms.
All this is expected to boost employment not only in Nerežišće, but on the island in general.