LAHORE: The governing board of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has given its approval to suggestions that will change the LDA’s land use laws for 2020 and its building and zoning regulations for 2019.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the changes to be made to solve issues with parking, traffic, and the environment brought on by educational institutions.
According to sources, the court also wanted to ensure rooftop gardening and the provision of no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the environment protection department, Parks & Horticulture Authority, Civil Defense, and the Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) at the time of issuance of the completion certificate.
By a change made to the land use laws for 2020, approved housing designs must include a minimum of 30 feet of right of way for childcare facilities, preschools, and primary and junior schools, which is now increased to 40 feet under the modified provision.
Furthermore, another change is also made related to the completion certificate of the zoning and building laws, which at the moment do not mention rooftop gardening.
Additionally, a clause has been added, according to which the LDA must obtain NOCs from the EPA, TEPA, and Civil Defense before issuing the construction completion certificate.
According to a town planning officer with the LDA, the road width (right of way) was formerly 30 feet for the conversion of a residential building into a school in LDA-approved housing plans, which has now been raised to 40 feet.
He also stated that all structures with more than 4 stories must have rooftop gardens and structures with 4 stories or less will have roof gardens covering 50% of the roof space.
Condition of NOCs from multiple bodies like EPA & TEPA etc etc will only open a flood gate of corruption and difficulties for citizens in this culture of red tapism and exploitation.
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