Consorted Urban Operation of the Antônio Carlos/Pedro I corridor and the East-West axis – CUO-ACEW

                                                              

Consorted Urban Operation of the Antônio Carlos/Pedro I corridor and the East-West axis – CUO-ACEW

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Solution proposed by: 
Municipal Secretariat of Government; Municipal Sub-Secretariat of Shared Management; Municipal Sub-Secretariat of Urban Regulation; Municipal Secretariat of Works and Infrastructure; Municipal Secretariat of Environment; Municipal Secretariats of Regional
In a Nutshell: 
The CUO-ACEW is a participatory local plan of urban intervention with improvement works and reformulation of models regarding occupied areas served by main lines of public transport system towards the north-central and east-west of the city. The main aim of the operation is to promote a better use of the existing infrastructure under concepts of a "compact city"
Where and When: 
): CUO-ACEW covers, fully and partially, 99 of the 487 districts in the city of Belo Horizonte. It is a specific plan for an area of approximately 30 square kilometers in the main avenues (corridors) in the center-north direction – Avenues President Antônio Carlos and Dom Pedro I - and east to west - Avenues Tereza Cristina, Contorno and Andradas. The forecast of the beginning of the implementation is 2017.
Challenges: 
The main objective of CUO-ACEW is to promote a better use of the existing infrastructure, especially the transport system, coupled with the urban restructuring on the surrounds of the main avenues (corridors). This restructuring is expected to increase urban and environmental quality of the area and should be carried out from three main actions: 1- encourage a constructive and populational densification preferably oriented to the users of public transport; 2- create and strengthen economic, social and cultural rights cores over the highways and 3- implement interventions that promote the improvement of urban and environmental conditions of the population's quality of life
Innovation: 
The design of the CUO-ACEW was guided by the model of compact cities. The idea is to provide an intensive land use through the adoption of special construction standards and encourage the concentration of activities that are of people’s interest. The development plan is progressive over time with continued participation of the population in the city and neighborhood scale. Each planning step is complete in terms of infrastructure allocation, production of houses, qualification of green areas, services for public facilities. Funding for projects is achieved mainly by onerous grant of the right to build, sold in advance by securities, denominated additional certificates of additional construction potential - Cepac.
Concept: 
The consorted operation is consists in developing, for a specific perimeter of the city, a special plan of occupation and work that is, as much as possible, self-financing by the management of appreciation over the value of urban land. The idea is that the granting of rights to build and deploy certain types of economic activities is paid by agents of the real estate market in land, under construction, or primarily, through the purchase of securities. The funds raised finance the work for space improvements set in an urban plan. This plan was made simultaneously and jointly between several bodies of the city administration and the civil society, and must be approved by the Municipal Council of Urban Policy in the process of Neighborhood Impact Study. There are 12 programs contained in the development plan. They all follow the basic premises of CUO, based on the goal to have more people living and working along the public transport routes, on the premises of the compact city model, and having specific characteristics according to the territory which they were developed to. There is a potential estimated fundraising and costs to be used for the execution of each program as well as an integrated mechanism in which programs that raise more funds helps to finance those who have less capacity to raise it.
Description: 
CUO-ACEW was designed as a participatory plan closer to local realities for the meeting of urban development guidelines set out in the Master Plan, the main rule of territorial planning of Belo Horizonte. The operation is a complex intervention mechanism in space which involves a land use process, urban design, and improvement in infrastructure. The operation has its own funding system based on the management urban land appraisal, mainly from the sale of certificates of potential additional construction sites, which are financial securities sold on the stock exchange and which are converted into square meters to be built. Within the perimeter of CUO-ACEW were defined: a) Preferential areas for consolidation, which should focus on the replacement processes and renovation of buildings; b) buffer areas with adoption of installment parameters, occupation and use of the Master Plan ground. It also has an organization of projects that address the highways as a total system and 12 programs defined by territory. Each of the 12 programs has been developed to mitigate the shortcomings and take advantage of the potential space for which it is intended. The operation will be developed by management plans, instruments that contain the details of the actions to achieve one or more programs. The approval of projects out of the management plans is possible through special approval plans. The whole operation is coordinated collaboratively by the executive and management groups: a general management group, responsible for prioritizing works and develops larger projects guidelines, and local management groups, at least one per management plan, responsible for taking decisions regarding matters on a local scale. The programs with the highest revenues contribute to the funding of those that are deficient.
Impacts: 
Despite being a plan on a local level, the benefits generated by CUO-ACEW are quite comprehensive. The axes touched by the plan are important access roads of municipalities in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte - MRBH the main center of the capital. It is estimated that the permission to build in the area and investments from other sources will generate a revenue of three billion reais, which is expected to be invested within the perimeter of the operation, which targeted: 10% to 14% for purchase of land in order to conform a public land reserve; 20% to 26% for housing policy; 2% to 3% for specific actions implementing the economic and social care program of the affected families and the other portion of resources employed in the full implementation of the priority projects of existing programs in each management plan. The priority projects include: improving interventions in the main corridors, their access and interactions; one or two transforming constructions for each program; basic education and health facilities on proportion to the population density and infrastructure improvement works

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