By Accommodation Times News Service
The town planning bill is passed with majority as many other MLAs of opposition were not present
The Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Bill 2014 have been passed in the state assembly. The amendment bill proposes to include provision for Local Area Plans (LAP) where the focus will be on developing plans that will ensure local densification, provide for local access to workplace, and urban transport. This amendment has been included with an eye on the upcoming transit-oriented zone and central business district in Ahmedabad. Such LAPs may also be planned for other urban centres in the state.
A significant change has been introduced in Section 5 of the old Act. This section empowers the urban development authority to carve out a section of land from an existing Town Planning (TP) scheme for a customized LAP. Further, the proposed amendment provides that prior to notifying an area for LAP, the government will have to issue public notices and make it publicly known via a gazette notification. In areas that do not have a TP scheme, the government’s permission has to be sought before proposing a LAP.
Other significant additions in the amendment bill are the concepts of volumetric FSI, building footprints, height caps for buildings and defining number of floors and elevation, along with provisions for inclusion of pick-up and drop-off points in a LAP. One of the best examples of planning that includes these concepts is the Sabarmati riverfront and the CBD on Ashram road.
The new bill proposes to restrict the period for “inviting suggestions and objections” at the preliminary planning level to six months.
The amendment bill permits the planning body an LAP to address issues like transportation, storm water drainage systems, access routes, greening and other civic necessities.
It was after a long wait that the Urban Development Department had come out with necessary amendments to the old Gujarat town planning and urban development bill.