Revised zoning ordinance for Davao City hailed

Subscribe Now November 04, 2013 at 09:41am

Environmentalists and civil society organizations belonging to the Green Davao City Movement hailed Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for signing the recently revised Zoning Ordinance and the updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan from 2013 to 2022.

Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) and other groups advocating for a greener and sustainable Davao City, which participated in the consultations, noted they have succeeded in the inclusion of several pro-environment revisions to the ordinance.

Ann V. Fuertes, IDIS executive director, said the inclusion of proactive environmental provisions in the revised land use plan will help reduce and mitigate the vulnerability of the city to climate change.

Among the notable provisions of the latest zoning ordinance and the updated land use document are the discontinuance of spot zoning, stricter restrictions on new development within the city’s water resource areas, and the designation of the Shrine Hills area as a protected zone. "The next challenge will be in the implementation of this ordinance. Davao City already has too many green ordinances that have not been implemented. As stakeholders, we all have a duty to ensure that the provisions of these legislations will be properly implemented," Ms. Fuertes said.

The ordinance is now pending at the city council, which is in charge for the publication of the documents. The said documents have yet to be transmitted to the city council.

After transmittal of the signed ordinance to the city council, the documents will be submitted to the Regional Land Use Committee and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board for final approval. These agencies will review the document to see if the issues raised during the consultations and plenary sessions at the city council have been included in the document.

City Administrator Melchor V. Quitain said the city government has put specific technical descriptions of the areas in the new zoning ordinance. He said the city should not depend only on the map.

What took the publication so long, he said, was the Global Position System that was conducted to pinpoint exact boundaries. "It is high time for us to reevaluate the kinds of properties that we will have in Davao City," Mr. Quitain said.

He assured that the new zoning ordinance will not shun away investors eyeing to invest in the city. In fact, he said when the ordinance was promulgated, there were several public hearings and all sectors were consulted.


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