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Confusion Over Limits for Real Estate Development in Costa Rica

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A draft Land Management Plan of the GAM (Potgam), put on public consultation on Wednesday by the Costa Rican Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements (MIHAS), has deepened the confusion over the new limits of the urban containment ring. This is a second version of the proposal, which includes two maps of the containment ring with large differences between them, without distinguishing what is the proposed line.

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Original Article Text From Nacion via Google Translate :

New plan increases confusion about the Metropolitan Urban Limit

A draft Land Management Plan of the GAM (Potgam), put on public consultation on Wednesday by the Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements (MIHAS), deepened the confusion over the new limits of urban containment ring.

This is a second version of the proposal prepared by the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU), to order the urban development in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM).

This includes two maps of the containment ring with large differences between them, without distinguishing what is the proposed line.

This circumstance deepened the uncertainty about the new perimeter of the ring emerged since January, when the geologist Allan Astorga reported that the argument by the INVU went against the environment.

Astorga, who coordinated the studies of the failed project of Urban and Regional Planning of the Greater Metropolitan Area (PRUGAM), said the increase Potgam current ring around 15,000 hectares (150 square kilometers), of which 62% correspond to areas high or very high environmental fragility.

The statements made from a draft Potgam, who said he received the record, after the INVU was sent to several institutions.

Criticism of the Astorga seconded dozens of professionals in fields such as engineering and geology, who signed a manifesto against the proposal.

He also shared the concern Environment Minister Rene Castro, who agreed that the new limits affect aquifer recharge areas.

In an interview with The Nation on 12 March, the Chief Executive and Director of Planning of the INVU, Eugenia Vargas, Leonel Rosales, admitted an increase of the ring, but denied any damage to vulnerable areas.

“The urban containment ring was updated. What we are proposing is that some counties with adequate space could be adjusted, provided that municipalities support it, “said Rosales.

The hierarchy suggested that the criticism was due to misinformation, and insisted that the document was not yet public.

However, sent to The Nation a satellite photo with the supposed limits of the proposed containment ring. That map did not match the version in the hands of Allan Astorga and, indeed, was two square kilometers smaller than the current one.

Documents online. However, the draft published today by the MIVAH on its website, it shows the version of the ring to which he referred Astorga.

But also attached a map with reductions INVU sent up to this day, without specifying which applies.

“You put the picture first, but when you see the whole document maps are neatly expanded ring, as proposed since December, with 11,000 additional acres in areas of protection,” said Astorga.

The engineer coordinator and Physical Planning Unit of INVU, Juan Carlos Retana and Meyer Monia, respectively, criticized the decision to publish without consulting MIVAH.

They argued that the draft could be misleading, while growth declined developable area.

According to officials, the perimeter Astorga was criticized for a “conceptual framework” or guide.

Retana said the Potgam allow municipalities to grow outside the ring, but only if justified in their regulatory plans, based on indices of environmental fragility, among other factors.

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