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Restraints on Urban Growth in PC and Colon Regions

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How to Regulate Urban Growth

The plan put forward by the Panamanian government will define, in the cities of Panama and Colon, areas that can be used as development poles, and establish risk zones in which interventions are not allowed.

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning (Miviot) presented the Urban Development Plan for the Metropolitan Areas of the Pacific and the Atlantic, and through a statement reported that " ... the entity will develop strategic guidelines related to the market and the management of the urban and rural land within these areas, and will also produce an updated technical, regulatory, political and administrative instrument for managing the territory, which will serve local urban authorities as a guide for the development of territorial organisational plans."

The Deputy Minister of Housing, Juan Manuel Vásquez, explained to Prensa.com that " ... the document also defines areas that can be used as development poles in the metropolitan area, as well as those in which interventions will not be allowed, because they are risk zones, national parks or river basins."

The article reports that "... The current urban development plan identifies areas such as Arraiján and La Chorrera, where development poles can be established." 

See "Urban Development Plan for the Metropolitan Areas of the Pacific and the Atlantic". (In Spanish)



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Moratorium on New Constructions

The Panama Council has approved a moratorium on the granting of construction permits in the urbanization Villa Las Acacias, in the Juan Díaz district.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The suspension, which "... will be in force until hydraulic studies are made on the conduction, evacuation and final destination of rainwater and runoff in the sector ..." , also applies to real estate projects that are carrying out earthworks and that do not yet have a building permit.

Prensa.com reports that "... The decision was made after the Directorate of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of the National Civil Protection System carried out an inspection of the community's flood-prone areas."

The general secretary of the Municipality of Panama, Guillermo Bermúdez, reported that "... there are currently 30 projects that were in process for requesting construction permits. 'Until the studies recommended by Sinaproc are made, new permits for these developments can not be granted'."

In January of this year, the Panama Council approved a five-month moratorium on the granting of construction permits at Punta Pacifica, Coco del Mar, Punta Paitilla and Viña del Mar, in San Francisco.



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