Ekön is a nature preserve located in the archipelago of Gryt in east Sweden of the municipality of Valdemarsvik. Today there is no existing zoning plan over the pilot area. There are also a lot of different conflicts connected to this place and people have different opinions on how the area should be developed in the future.
Ekön is used by different target groups. There are also a campsite in the area and the area are an important place for visitors and are an especially popular place in summertime’s. The main conflict in our pilot area is about how the area should be preserved or developed. Challenges in our pilot area are how we should handle different opinions and interests in the ongoing process with the zoning plan. The purpose is to involve the public/target groups from the start to finish zoning plan. To get there we try to meet all of the different target groups through meetings, open events and workshops.
Pilot area Ekön, Valdemarsvik Muncipality.
Source: Topographic Webmap LM © Lantmäteriet, Länsstyrelsen Östergötland
Activities planned in the area
We are also planning a walk and talk in the area. A First draft of a zoning plan is finished in July, second draft in October and approval from the board of building (godkännande av detaljplanen I byggnadsnämnden) in December 2019.
An event was held called “Ut och njut I Gryt” together with OstkustenKajak. It was an open event located at Ekön for the public and to have a platform to ask and discuss questions with stakeholders.
An exhibition was held on the Savings bank in Valdemarsvik where the public was invited to come and see what was going on in the project. People could ask questions and take some brochures with them.
The public was invited to a workshop at Ekön. Participants were divided in groups to discuss different themes connected to the developing of Ekön.