By lovely a. carillo
The revised zoning ordinance, which does not only prohibits spot zoning but also prohibits the amendment of the general zones within five years from the passage of the ordinance, is not a hindrance to the entry of more investors in the city.
“No, the zoning ordinance do not really discourage investors but they need to be informed of the appropriate classification of these areas so they can plan ahead,” Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) head Ivan Cortez said in interview.
Cortez said investors and speculators are buying lots of properties especially in areas where there are roads being built.
“We have to be advised as to which types of industries they want to attract since investors need advice before buying large tracts of land,” he said.
Just last week, Councilor DaniloDayanghirang proposed to amend the revised zoning ordinance purportedly because it has discouraged investors from investing in Davao.
“We have a zoning ordinance in three volumes which is discouraging investors from putting up their businesses in Davao City, and they are now looking at other areas like Panabo City and Davao del Sur,” Dayanghirang said.
While Dayangrang criticized the voluminous documents which embody the zoning ordinance subjecting it to different interpretations and to project delays, he admitted that the main problem is the lack of a specific period within which special councils are required to decide on a certain project proposal.
Dayanghirang mentioned in particular the Watershed Management Council (WMC) which has been given its own discretion in deciding matters submitted to it for resolution. He said the WMC should be given a maximum of 30 days to act on matters submitted to it or else it will be considered endorsed to the City Council.