Will commercial housing be developed on municipal land?
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Does the scarcity of land for the construction of flats encourage developers to acquire communal land and cooperate with local governments? Will companies build on state-owned plots in exchange for handing over some flats? The poll was conducted by the real estate website dompress.pl.
Marcin Żurek, Investment Implementation Director, Nickel Development
In December last year, the Sejm passed a law on accounting for the price of premises or buildings in the price of real estate sold from the communal real estate resource. The commune, when selling land to an investor, is to receive a specific number of premises in return. If an attractive land appeared in Poznań or in the vicinity, we would certainly consider cooperation with local authorities. According to the act, which was submitted to the Senate, properties offered by the municipality will have to be covered by a local zoning plan or a decision on development conditions, which will speed up the investment process. For this reason, among others, such a proposal seems to be interesting for developers.
Andrzej Oślizło, President of Develia
We are open to any joint undertakings, however, for the time being we have not encountered such a proposal from local governments.
Zbigniew Juroszek, Atal president
We are open to dialogue. The possibility of purchasing a specific plot of land and the implementation of a residential project, which would include a certain number of flats in agreement with the local government seems to be an interesting option. If we receive a concrete offer of involvement in the implementation of such a programme, we will of course consider it. Experience from foreign markets shows that a developer may, on conditions similar to commercial ones, transfer a part of the constructed flats to a municipal resource, to some extent, to the benefit of all participants in the housing market.
Cezary Grabowski, Sales and Marketing Director of Bouygues Immobilier Polska
We are considering every opportunity to develop on regional markets, including cooperation with local governments in the area of exchanging flats for land.
Małgorzata Ostrowska, Director of Marketing and Sales Division at J.W. Construction Holding S.A.
If there are proposals from self-governments to transfer a pool of flats in exchange for obtaining land from communal resources, which will be attractive in terms of location, it is not excluded that we will be ready to cooperate.
Bartosz Kuźniar, CEO of Lokum Deweloper S.A.
Acquisition of investment land by a developer in exchange for flats for municipalities is a very good idea for both parties. Of course, much depends on the detailed conditions on which such an exchange could take place. Today’s increase in housing prices is to a large extent a result of the ever higher costs of purchasing plots of land for their construction. Increasing the supply of land could stop this unfavourable trend. In addition, the implementation of a certain number of flats as part of a larger task will naturally reduce the cost of their implementation. We are willing to take part in such transactions.
Monika Perekitko, Member of Matexi Polska’s Management Board
We are always open to cooperation with local authorities and partnership, leading to the development of attractive real estate projects.
Joanna Chojecka, sales and marketing director for Warsaw and Wrocław at Robyg SA.
We are not considering such activities in 2021.
Zuzanna Należyta, Commercial Director at Eco Classic
Unfortunately, the assumptions of the government programme Mieszkanie+ were wrong, especially as regards the costs of investment implementation, hence its failure. A partnership approach to such cooperation is also important. Unfortunately, the statements of many current and former representatives of the authorities indicate that they are not very favourably inclined towards developers, hence their exorbitant expectations, which are impossible to fulfil. We are always open to any cooperation within reasonable assumptions.
Janusz Miller, Sales and Marketing Director at Home Invest
In the event of such proposals related to the transfer of a pool of flats in exchange for access to land, we are of course open to and do not exclude any option. Development is very important to us. Therefore, we are constantly looking for new land to be able to carry out further investments.
Tomasz Czubak, Director of Development Project Preparation at Jakon
The issue of transferring city land in exchange for residential premises is a completely new subject. It is certainly an interesting solution for local governments which lack social or municipal housing. We are waiting with interest for the first proposals from local governments and we will certainly undertake to analyse such a topic. Currently, in each larger agglomeration there is a shortage of land where interesting investment projects can be carried out and the changes in the law may open up new possibilities.
Wojciech Chotkowski, President of the Management Board of Aria Development
We know that there is a shortage of land for construction. The law assumes that local governments will sell land in tenders. It is an interesting project and we will consider participating in it in the future. An objection to the bill has been raised by the Polish Association of Developers, of which we are a member. There are concerns about the replacement price per metre, which may turn out to be lower than the market price. In such a case, the investor will not necessarily find it profitable to acquire land in exchange for transferring a pool of flats.
Sylwester Śniadecki, President of Śniadecki Development and Śniadecki Investment Group
So far, we have not considered such an option of cooperation, but because we value cooperation on the level of public-private partnership, we are not saying “no”. Everything depends on the form of the project and the principles on which we would implement it. We make no secret of the fact, however, that in the context of government actions, we are keeping a closer eye on the plan to subsidise own contribution for people buying their first home and we keep our fingers crossed that it gets implemented.
Sebastian Barandziak, CEO of Dekpol Deweloper
We have an extensive land bank, allowing us to systematically launch new projects for at least the next few years. At the same time, we constantly look for and analyse the possibility of purchasing new land. Many of these are managed by local authorities. Therefore, we do not rule out possible agreements with local authorities with a view to purchasing them.