Zambo’s master dev’t plan now ready for SP approval PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:36

By VIC LARATO

The City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office submitted on Monday the final draft of the master development plan (MDP) of Zamboanga City to Mayor Beng Climaco who in turn will forward the same to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval into a zoning ordinance.

Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, city planning officer, said the MDP seeks to establish Zamboanga as a Metropolitan City with robust biodiversity and sustainable development that is globally competitive, where investment thrive through good governance and industry.

He said the Sangguniang Panlungsod will present the plan to the public in two mandatory hearings and eventually approve a zoning ordinance, which in turn will be forwarded to the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for final approval.

In essence, Sicat said, the MDP calls for the establishment of at least seven growth areas or development plan units. These are the central business district comprising of 30 barangays; Mercedes, also covering 30 barangays with primary focus on airport transfer and agri-fishery; Ayala, being the industrial zone; Labuan as residential and commercial zone; Sangali, focusing on water shed protection; Curuan as aquamarine zone, and; Vitali to include the 11 Islands for agri-aquaculture and ecotourism.

“We decongest the central business district to establish the growth areas with concentration on the potentials of each growth area,” Sicat said, adding that the existing land use of the city is predominantly residential mixed with some patches of agriculture and commercial.

He also stressed that the city’s MDP pushes for the protection of agriculture and preservation of natural resources.

The MDP was a result of series of consultations conducted by the City Development Council among the barangay officials, civic organizations and other stakeholders.

To recall, the city government has also hired the Palafox Associates to conduct a study and develop the city’s comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance, which are components of the master development plan.-(Vic Larato)