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UAE President sets up Urban Planning Council

posted on 20/09/2007: 1254 views

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Law No. 23 for 2007 setting up the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council as an independent corporate body enjoying financial and administrative independence and full legal status to operate.

The new body, to be also known as Urban Planning Council (UPC) for short, will be chaired by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of the Executive Council and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

UPC has been established to oversee the implementation of the "Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan", a comprehensive plan launched today by the Government of Abu Dhabi for the development of the City of Abu Dhabi. It is also aimed at ensuring the said plan is updated over time to continue meeting the Emirate's needs.

UPC will facilitate constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors involved in the real estate and property development sector in Abu Dhabi. The private sector was also widely consulted in the development of the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan, and has been formally briefed on its contents.

The UPC's membership is designed to ensure that all government policy portfolios relevant to the comprehensive urban plan are represented.

The membership of the UPC is as follows: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Executive Council (Chairman), Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority (Deputy Chairman) Mohamed Al Bowardi, Secretary General of the Executive Council Dr. Jou'an Salem Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture Abdullah Rashid Al Otaiba, Chairman of the Department of Transport Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Nasser Al Sowaidi, Chairman of the Department of Planning and Economy Majid Al Mansoori, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.

The UPC will be tasked with laying down comprehensive plans, policies, regulations, licenses, procedures and controls for urban development and planning of remote areas. It will also be tasked with setting up procedures for approval of public and private urban development projects.

Other duties of the new Council include the preparation and amendment of regulations, controls, guidelines and procedures for urban development projects including utilities, construction works and lands in line with the general plan and policies.

Verification and revocation of construction licenses and permissions issued by municipal departments of the emirate also fall within the jurisdiction of the newly set-up council which will be the sole body to issue construction licenses for projects that are deemed strategic or have impacts on the emirate's urban development policies and plans.

The new law authorizes the UPC to delegate powers to other governmental departments as well as monitor performance of the same. The law renders all previous relevant laws null and void and will come into effect as from the date of publication in the official gazette. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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