A good and efficient infrastructure is a necessity for developing society. It is important for citizens mobility and everyday life, as well as a crucial parameter for both companies' competitiveness and the development of the tourism industry in the municipality.
Due to the long distances and extreme climate conditions, infrastructure plays an important role in Avannaata Kommunia. Modern airports and port facilities are vital in terms of supply and export, as well as servicing the many tourists visiting us every year and for the continued development of the tourism industry.
Infrastructure also includes the normal road and path systems and the public transport systems – everything that ensures accessibility on a daily basis and therefore is highly rated.
The municipal council is very aware of the need to continuously invest in the infrastructure, but also that it is based on a rational and holistic view that is coordinated with the self-investment in national infrastructure. The development must therefore be in close interaction and in line with the overall business development, as well as the planning of the housing and the open country. During the previous planning period, sector plans for traffic and road structure have been prepared in all towns and settlements of the municipality in order to ensure a coordinated decision base for infrastructure investments. These sector plans are incorporated in the town plan and coordinated with land use planning. There is already made new plan for the expansion of the airport in Ilulissat on a 2,200 m runway where a design work already undertaken.
The airport expansion supports several of the ongoing projects, such as the Icefjord Centre, the Ilimanaq project, and the expansion of Eqi. The project will create a need for expansion of other infrastructure elements in and around Ilulissat. At the same time, it will also create a major development potential for future urban expansion in the area from Ilulissat and up to the expanded airport, of which planning of holistic development of the northern areas between Ilulissat and the airport, as well as the southern part of Brede Bay, has already begun.
As part of up-dating the planning basis for the development of cruise ship activities, an inspection and preliminary investigation of selected locations were carried by sea between Ilulissat and Oqaatsut. During the coming planning period, the planning basis for a new port in Ilulissat is to be incorporated in the town plan. The four potential locations include an area near the existing port in Ilulissat, Hollænderhavnen, Tinussaraa, Bredebugt and Oqaatsut. The location, size etc. of the new port facilities are to be decided based on a well-documented basis, which is to be prepared.
Technical supply plants related to electricity, water, heating, wastewater and refuse are also an important part of the municipal infrastructure. In the coming years, focus is to be on sustainability and more environmentally friendly solutions, including new innovative waste solutions to replace the existing, which in some places are a threat to public health. The aim is also to promote sustainable energy solutions.