Metropolitan Forum of Commune Heads, Mayors and Presidents Norda was established on 13 September 2011. The initiative was undertaken by the leaders of 15 seaside municipalities and communes. The cooperation of local governments in Northern Pomerania is based on voluntary participation in regular consultative meetings and aimed at building stronger bounds between the communities, and especially in the scope of: strategic investment of the Northern Ring Road of Tricity Agglomeration, integrated municipal services management, integrated development policy, integrated tourist policy and safety. Norda Forum is not an association or a union of municipalities. It gathers a group of people who believe that common efforts sometimes bring better results than individual actions and who care for prosperity of their regions. On 2 April 2012, due to admission of new members the Forum received a new name: Metropolitan Forum of Commune Heads, Mayors, Presidents and County Heads NORDA.
Since that moment, NORDA Forum has been composed of: Commune of Choczewo – Head Wieslaw Gebka, City of Gdynia – President Wojciech Szczurek, City of Hel – Mayor Miroslaw Wadolowski, City of Jastarnia – Mayor Tyberiusz Narkowicz, Commune of Kosakowo – Head Jerzy Wludzik, Commune of Krokowa – Head Henryk Doering, City of Lebork – Mayor Witold Namyslak, County of Lebork – Head Wiktor Tyburski, Commune of Liniewo – Head Miroslaw Warczak, Commune of Luzino – Head Jaroslaw Wejer, City of Leba – Mayor Andrzej Strzechminski, Commune of Leczyce – Head Piotr Wittbrodt, City of Puck – Mayor Marek Rintz, Commune of Puck – Head Tadeusz Puszkarczuk, City of Rumia – Mayor Elzbieta Rogala – Konczak, City of Reda – Mayor Krzysztof Krzeminski, Commune of Szemud – Head Zbigniew Engelbrecht, City of Wejherowo – President Krzysztof Hildebrandt, Commune of Wejherowo – Head Henryk Skwarlo, City of Wladyslawowo – Mayor Grazyna Cern.
The Seaside Service Area (SSA) NORDA is composed of 11 communes and municipalities of the Pomeranian Province:
Commune of Choczewo
The Commune of Choczewo is located on the territory of the Kashubian Coast, in the northern part of the Pomeranian Province, in the County of Wejherowo. It covers an area of 19,000 ha and consists of 31 villages, including 14 villages with the seats of village authorities. The population in the commune in 2016 was 5,557. The Commune of Choczewo is the only commune in the County of Wejherowo with a direct access to the sea.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.choczewo.pl
Municipality of Gdynia
Gdynia is a city with county rights in northern Poland, located in the Pomeranian Province, by the Baltic Sea. It is a part of Tricity (together with Gdańsk and Sopot). It is one of the cities forming the agglomeration of Gdańsk with an area of 135 km2, and population of 246,991. Gdynia is a seaport.
The city offers modern facilities to numerous championship-winning sports clubs located there. The National Rugby Stadium, the City Stadium and the “Gdynia” Sports and Entertainment Hall are just a few examples. Every year, Gdynia is a host of festivals such as the Film Festival, Open’er Festival, Ladies Jazz, Globaltica, Rocket Festival, Gdynia Blues Festival and Cudawianki. On top of that, Gdynia is an investment city due to a large area of investment lands in the centre which will be gradually developed, e.g. Sea City.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.gdynia.pl
Commune of Puck
The Commune of Puck is a rural area located entirely in the agglomeration of Gdańsk, in the Pomeranian Province. The commune is composed of 27 villages: Błądzikowo, Brudzewo, Celbowo, Darzlubie, Domatowo, Domatówko, Gnieżdżewo, Leśniewo, Łebcz, Mechowo, Mieroszyno, Mrzezino, Osłonino, Połchowo, Połczyno, Radoszewo, Rekowo Górne, Rzucewo, Sławutowo, Smolno, Starzyno, Starzyński Dwór, Strzelno, Swarzewo, Werblinia, Zdrada, Żelistrzewo. In 2016, its population was 25,712, and this number is growing steadily. The Commune of Puck is bilingual: inhabitants speak Polish and Kashubian; in 2002, about 30% of its population declared the knowledge of the Kashubian language. The commune entered into a partnership with two other communes: Rytro and Olendorf.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.gmina.puck.pl
Municipality of Puck
City in the Pomeranian Province, seat of the authorities of the County and the Commune of Puck. The city is located in Kashubia at the estuary of the Płutnica river into the Bay of Puck. According to the data of 2016, the city was inhabited by 11,303 people. Attractive location at Cliff of Kępa Pucka, peaceful, clean and warm waters of the Bay of Puck with safety depths, hospitable climate and excellent conditions for water sports are indisputable advantages of Puck. The city is flourishing and growing more beautiful. Puck is a centre of modern sports infrastructure. Its yacht port provides great conditions for sailing.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.miastopuck.pl
Municipality of Hel
The most “seaside” city in Poland – located on the tip of the Hel Peninsula and surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Sea from three sides – each year attracts thousands of tourists thanks to its recreational and leisure opportunities. Hel is the oldest city in the County of Puck, as it obtained its city rights from Swietopelk, the Duke of Gdańsk. Soon the city has become a popular resort. Its unique climate, nature and landscape have attracted tourists from all over Poland looking for relax and recreation. The seaport of Hel has fishing, yacht and passenger ship harbours. The Municipality of Hel took the second place in the rating for the end of 2010-2014 term of office in the category “tourist municipalities with the biggest changes in financial potential in 2010-2013” prepared by Curulis company. According to the data of 31 December 2016, the city had 3,444 inhabitants.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.curulis.pl
Municipality of Jastarnia
The City of Jastarnia is situated in the Pomeranian Province, in the County of Puck, in the Municipality of Jastarnia, on the Hel Peninsula. It is a seaside resort with six summer bathing beaches, a seaport and five seaside harbours. On 1 January 2017, Jastarnia changed its character from urban area to urban and rural area by excluding from its borders Jurata and Kuźnica with Syberia. Before this change of administrative limits, Jastarnia had population of 3,782 people.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.jastarnia.pl
Commune of Kosakowo
The Commune of Kosakowo is beautifully located by the waters of the Bay of Puck and the Bay of Gdańsk. These two bays are divided by the sandy Rewa Cape created by sea currents, which is called Szpërk in the Kashubian language. At the tip of the cape, there are the National Honour Lane built in 2004 and the Sea Cross with its arms in the shape of anchors. The commune is known for its picturesque and unique nature. On its territory, there are Beka Nature Reserve, Mechliński Cliff, Czapliniec (area where grey herons reside) in Mosty and Mechlińskie Meadows Nature Reserve. In 2016, the Commune of Kosakowo had population of 13,364 people. The number of residents increases gradually in comparison with 2011, when a general census was conducted. Since then, it has grown by 2,730 people.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.gminakosakowo.pl
Commune of Krokowa
It as a commune in the Pomeranian Province, in the County of Puck. It is composed of 26 villages: Białogóra, Brzyno, Dębki, Goszczyno, Jeldzino, Karlikowo, Karwieńskie Błoto Drugie, Karwieńskie Błoto Pierwsze, Kłanino, Krokowa, Lisewo, Lubkowo, Lubocino, Minkowice, Odargowo, Parszczyce, Połchówko, Prusewo, Sławoszyno, Słuchowo, Sobieńczyce, Sulicice, Świecino, Tyłowo, Wierzchucino, Żarnowiec. It constitutes 36.84% of the area of the County, and in 2016 its population was 10,696.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.krokowa.pl
Municipality of Władysławowo
The city in Northern Poland, in the Pomeranian Province, in the County of Puck, in the Municipality of Władysławowo. It is located on the coast of Gdańsk, by the Baltic Sea and the Bay of Puck. On 1 January 2015, the Municipality of Władysławowo lost its city rights which were given instead to the city of Władysławowo. Since 1 January 2015, the area of the city has reached 12.59 km² (32% of the area of the municipality). The city shares its administrative borders with the Municipality of Puck, Chałupy and Chłapowo. The population is 10,020 (2016).
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.wladyslawowo.pl
Municipality of Łeba
Łeba is located in the northern part of the County of Lębork, between Łebsko and Sarbsko lakes, at the estuary of the Łeba river into the Baltic Sea, in the buffer zone of the forests of the Słowiński National Park and the Sarbska Peninsula Nature Reserve. Łeba obtained its city rights in 1357. Since April 1945, Łeba has been a summer resort visited by many tourists and an important fishing centre. According to data of 2016, it had population of 3,734.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.leba.pl
Commune of Wicko
Wicko is a commune located in the Pomeranian Province, in the County of Lębork. It is composed of 13 villages: Białogarda, Charbrowo, Gęś, Łebieniec, Maszewko, Nowęcin, Roszczyce, Sarbsk, Szczenurze, Wicko, Wojciechowo, Wrzeście, Żarnowska. It is situated on the area of 216.08 km2, covering northern parts of the County of Lębork in the Pomeranian Province. In 2016, its population was 6,003. On the territory of the commune Łebsko lake is located, which is the third biggest lake in Poland; there are also Sarbsko and Czarne lakes, Słowiński National Park, 4 nature reserves, 1 ecological site and 62 natural monuments.
Source: BDL GUS (Database of the Central Statistical Office), www.wicko.pl
Budget: 621 501 € (2 587 060 PLN)
Subsidy: 528 276 € (2 199 000 PLN)
EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and special subsidy from the state budget within the programme Urban development through enhancing the authority of local government units, social dialogue and cooperation with civil society representatives.
Goal: Achievement of better social and economic cohesion on the subregional and local levels by developing mechanisms of effective cooperation between local government entities and representatives of civil society or business associations in order to make common decisions and resolving problems important for this area.
Completion time of the project: 5 February 2014 – 30 April 2016
Material scope of the project:
- Strategic and operational documents;
- Analytical documents (feasibility studies, revitalization programme or/and Integrated Plan of Urban Areas Sustainable Development) for key initiatives indicated in the strategic and operational documents;
- Assumptions for changes in Studies of Spatial Management Conditions and Directions and guidelines for local master plans on the territory included in the Project partnership;
- Territorial Forum of Commune Heads, Mayors, Presidents and County Heads NORDA – permanent, working platform for sharing knowledge and experience in the scope of management of local government units;
- Forum of representatives of local government units and institutions included in the Project partnership.
Partners: Commune of Cewice, Commune of Choczewo, Municipality of Gdynia, Municipality of Hel, Municipality of Jastarnia, Commune of Kosakowo, Commune of Krokowa, Commune of Liniewo, Commune of Luzino, Municipality of Lębork, County of Lębork, Municipality of Łeba, Commune of Łęczyce, Municipality of Puck, Commune of Puck, Municipality of Reda, Municipality of Rumia, Commune of Szemud, Municipality of Wejherowo, Commune of Wejherowo, Municipality of Władysławowo, Gdynia Maritime University, Polish International Freight Forwarders Association, League for Nature Conservation, Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society.
The Commune of Gniewino also takes part in the Project as an observer.