Public meeting on Gozo & Comino local plan next Thursday
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) announced at the beginning of July that it has initiated the process for all local plans, which currently total seven, to be reviewed.
The process is commencing with a three month long public participation exercise, through which, the Authority is inviting local councils, the public and all interested stakeholders to take the initiative and get involved in the entire process of re-drafting local planning policies which directly affect and impacts their lives.
The Gozo and Comino plan is avaliable to view here. There will be a public meeting for residents that fall under the localities of the Gozo and Comino plan on Thursday, the 25th of July, starting at 6.00pm, at the Gozo College, Victoria Boys Secondary School, The localities are – Ghajnsielem, Gharb, Ghasri, Kercem, Munxar, Xlendi, Nadur, Qala, Victoria, San Lawrenz, Sannat, Xaghra, Xewkija, Zebbug (Gozo), Marsalforn and Fontana.
The scope of this review exercise is to identify any shortcomings that exist in the current local plans, but more importantly to propose innovative ideas and recommend new land-use purposes which can positively be considered during the compilation of the new proposed local plans.
Following the draft compilation of the new local plans, which will be published next year, the Authority will issue the draft policies for further public consultation.
Local Plans are intended to regulate development both on a regional level and also on the level of localities. Local plans are an enabling plans which safeguard land for a range of identified activities giving due regard to their context, inter-compatibility and to promote certain types of investment in identified areas.
They also earmark areas for residential accommodation, urban regeneration, social and community amenities, promotion of tourist activity, recreational facilities, employment opportunities, utilities management and safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage.
The Authority said that it intends creating planning policies that are tailored to achieve a sustainable balance between the wide range of citizen’s aspirations. This goal can only be reached if active citizens’ participation is secured from the outset.
The public is being invited to submit comments and suggestions by sending an email on LP2013@mepa.org.mt or subit it online here or send it in by post at LP2013, Local Plans, St. Francis Ravelin, Floriana by not later than the 30th of September 2013.
For further information the public can also telephone 2290 1027 during office hours.