Dads suspend all zoning reclassification applications in Davao City

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 13 — The city council here has suspended all zoning applications for reclassification until December this year until such time the city can come out with an amended Zoning Ordinance, city councilor Peter Lavina said.

Lavina bared on Monday that the suspension came to pave the way for the review of the existing City Zoning Ordinance being undertaken by the council committee on amending the zoning ordinance chaired by Councilor Pilar Braga.

Lavina is the vice chair of the committee.

The committee has targeted to come up with an amended Zoning Ordinance by December this year. The city council is receiving an average of five applications for reclassification every month, he said.

The committee is set to meet anew on October 14 to continue reviewing the ordinance. It tasked to come up with an amended zoning ordinance constituted in July this year.

“In August to September, a sectoral review was made, and this month, the committee had agreed to suspend all pending applications for reclassifications,” Lavina said.

On the October 14 meeting, the committee will discuss or look into a proposal that the council will only accept applications for reclassification every after five years, in which, a review of the Comprehensive Development Plan was also conducted.

The committee is also set to discuss the proposal to strictly preserve conservation areas such as national parks, or mountainous areas which are elevated 18 degrees high, during the October 14 meeting,

He cited parts of the Matina Shrine Hill and the Tamugan River to fall under the conservation areas.

He also cited the need for the committee during its previous meetings to review the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan, which comprises the zoning ordinance and Land Use Plan as its components.

Lavina said the executive department has never conducted a review of the Comprehensive Development Plan since it was approved in 1996.

Under the law, he said all local government units are mandated to review its Comprehensive Development Plan after five years.

The review will put all proposed development projects into the proper prospective to ensure the protection and conservation of the environment thereby protecting also the people from the impact of destruction, Lavina said.

He said the review is needed at this time when the impact of climate change has started to unleash its fury in the country and the rest of the world.

“We need to adopt measures that will address climate change, so we have to review the comprehensive development plan,” he said.

He recalled that the city council had called for a review of the comprehensive development plan in 2001. However, until now, no review was made.

He clarified it is not within the jurisdiction of the city council to review the comprehensive development plan because but that of the executive department. (PNA) LDV/JGQuiros/lvp


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