Aldermen approve ordinances

The Council of Aldermen of the National District approved this Friday two ordinances or urban regulations that will regulate part of District 2, which includes urban planning, environment, mobility, sewage and rainwater charges, and which had been expected for more than 50 years.

This is the zoning in Arroyo Manzano, Cerros del Arroyo Hondo known as R1, while the other, the development plan (R2), comprises Altos de Arroyo Hondo, Los Ríos, Viejo Arroyo Hondo, Nuevo Arroyo Hondo, Jardines del Norte and Los Peralejos.

Twenty-four of the 37 councilors approved the resolutions that were discussed by the Land Use Planning Commission months ago, projects that were initiatives of the Urban Planning Department of the National District and of Mayor Carolina Mejía. The Dominican Liberation Party (Partido de la Liberación Dominicana) voted only two aldermen out of a membership of seven.

In the R1 zone, the ordinance determines the location of businesses, housing or other special uses and the characteristics of the constructions. Also the maximum limit of buildings, minimum requirements for open spaces and setbacks, and population density control. It includes the Arroyo Manzano and Cerros de Arroyo Hondo sectors.

Sectors of the R2

The ordinance of the Metropolitan Conservation and Integration Polygon (R2) includes the sectors Altos de Arroyo Hondo, Los Ríos, Viejo Arroyo Hondo, Nuevo Arroyo Hondo, Jardines del Norte and Los Peralejos.

It also includes single-family homes, row houses and housing complexes, local commerce, sports areas, parks, green areas, schools, churches and special areas.

In both cases, there will be no possibility of multi-family housing, commercial, public or private institutional or institutional land use, applying only and exclusively to single-family residential use.

The director of Urban Planning of the Mayor’s Office, Mayobanex Suazo, said that a very important step was taken regarding the city’s planning and a historical debt of more than 50 years was fulfilled.

“We are going to go from 42.82 percent that we have of coverage in the territory, from the implementation in the coming days of these ordinances, we will be covering 74.02 percent, it is an extremely important advance that has cost the city more than 50 years,” he said.

He informed that there are still two projects to be approved to complete 94.21 of the norms in the National District. “For me, in particular, as director of Urban Planning, it is a great satisfaction, first, and a great commitment that the mayor has placed on my shoulders.”

Suazo emphasized that in order to approve the ordinances, they have been working for a long time and have been supported by more than 4,500 pages with all the road studies, environmental impact studies agreed with all the sectors that have to do with the impacted zones.

However, for the councilwoman of the People’s Force, Nerys Martinez, the pieces were approved without traffic and environmental impact studies.

“Imagine when densification begins, an area that does not have a tunnel, that does not have an elevator, that has no way for people to get in, that takes two hours to get out, that has practically no hospital in there, that has nothing, imagine what that area is going to be like,” said the councilwoman.

Martinez considered that no study was made to know if the residents in those areas will have the water they need in five years.


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