By Ayman Adly/Staff Reporter
comprehensive urban development plan takes into consideration
population growth and development in all fields within the next 20
years, Turki Fahd al-Turki, assistant director of the Urban Planning
Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), said
The Central Municipal Council (CMC) hosted a number of Urban Planning Department officials at its bi-weekly regular session yesterday to brief the council members on the main features of the country’s urban planning.
Al-Turki explained that the plan is based on making urban centres in the country in accordance with the national identity to create a model of sustainable development.
The plan entails creating a green belt around every city, the distribution of land plots in a phased manner, and providing various community services such as health, education, culture centres, parks, shopping centres, and other services to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the country.
Dr Hossam Ibrahim, an urban planning expert, spoke about the main features of the plan, stressing that it has been constantly updated to keep up with the development in reality.
He said that plan includes:
* industrial areas of more than 40mn square metres
* three economic zones of more than 30mn square metres
* eight supply and storage areas of 10mn square metres
* three logistic areas of 14.9mn square metres
* two agriculture complexes 35 square km
* central and livestock markets
* service areas for the Ministry of Transport and Communication, such as bus and taxi stops
* service centres of the Ministry of Interior
* educational services, which include 72 government schools, 40 private schools, 21 kindergartens, and new sites for the community college; and
* labour accommodation with seven permanent sites and 17 temporary ones.
Ibrahim also said that there are detailed planning standards and conditions, and a comprehensive survey.
There is also a comprehensive plan to manage all the coastal areas of the country and a clear strategy to deal with potential climate changes.
The council also discussed the regulation of residences in the outskirts of the country and called for more flexible standards and procedures in order to allow the home owners to continue living there instead of having to relocate to the cities.
Further, the council issued recommendations based on the complaints regarding winter camping issues.
The council told the MME officials that the distance between camping areas and residential areas should be between at least 1km to 2km, and that the ministry should study the possibility of designating family camping areas and others for young people.
The council also said that more awareness programmes on safety during camping should be promoted among campers.
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