Local August 25, 2023 | 8:36 am

Territories in the Dominican Republic lack land regulation

Santo Domingo.- Urban architect Erick Dorrejo expressed concern about the lack of land use regulation in the Dominican Republic. He mentioned that only Circumscription 1 of the National District and the urban metropolitan area of Santiago have such regulations, while other urban areas lack them. Dorrejo pointed out that inadequate construction permit processes, where only basic details are checked, prevail in most of the country, potentially leading to catastrophic incidents like the recent explosion in San Cristóbal that claimed lives.

He emphasized the need for criteria and regulation to prevent such situations, noting that without these, gas stations could establish themselves in populated areas, posing risks to residents. He mentioned that there are technical criteria for regulating gasoline pumps, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations, and some industries to ensure safety. Dorrejo is involved in working with regulations for the Land Planning Law passed in December 2022, as well as other instruments for regulating the subject.

He mentioned the development of subsidiary planning norms to guide construction, design, and city planning in the absence of municipal territorial plans. Dorrejo highlighted the challenge of balancing informal development with market-driven growth, noting the need to identify true risk areas. He stressed that unregulated growth can lead to chaotic results, as demonstrated by the tragedy in San Cristóbal.

Regarding the tragedy itself, Dorrejo pointed out that the incident in San Cristóbal highlights the coexistence of various activities in a confined space, driven by private capital and the informal sector. Recyclers, veterinarians, textile stores, and other businesses within the investigation process for the tragedy exemplify this issue. Dorrejo warned that if not addressed, this problem could lead to similar tragedies in the future.

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Paul Tierney
August 25, 2023 10:56 am

A case of example of this abuse of regulation, corruption, is the construction of a bomba, a gasoline station, in use in Bavaro right next to a prior existing gated residential. An owner of the corporate enterprise, the station, was a very very powerful person in government. Rules do not apply to powerful people?

Deivy Campusano
August 25, 2023 2:54 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Impunity has long been a cultural norm in the DR. Nothing ever happens to the rich and powerful, they get away with doing just about anything. The law only applies to those in the lower classes.

August 25, 2023 10:31 pm

its the same in all countries mate

August 25, 2023 10:20 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

no they don’t ….they have money and power …and they don’t care what we say or do …they own us ..

August 25, 2023 10:21 pm

we lack lots of things here .. why is this a news ?!

August 26, 2023 10:06 am

True, there is no urban planning regulatory board. For example, any person can install a business in a residential neighborhood. There could be a line of houses and someone is allowed to put a business right in the middle. Makes no sense and everything looks so disheveled.

Paul Tierney
August 29, 2023 5:56 pm
Reply to  Kat

Not everybody can install a business in a residential neighborhood. For example, fueling stations and cabañas are supposed to be assigned away from residential areas, It is by reason of the risks of fires the stations they are away and the desires of having fires of private communication is the reason cabañas are away. Travel to most Dominican communities and view how they are situated.