February 19, 2009

Local Planning Authorities

The Tamil Nadu Government have recently authorised the composite local planning authorities (LPAs) and the eight regional deputy directors of town and country planning to approve certain projects, but kept the Chennai metropolitan area outside their purview. This will speed up the approval process of upcoming medium housing and commercial projects across the state.

Hitherto, though LPAs were the approving authorities the projects had to be cleared by the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP). This caused a lot of delay, thereby causing an increase in the overall cost of projects by Rs.250 to Rs.400 per sq.ft.

As per the revised norms, residential group developments and special buildings up to 12 dwelling units, with floor area not exceeding 15,000 sq.ft., can be cleared by the LPAs. In the case of commercial buildings, marriage halls, community halls, godowns and lodges with a maximum of 20 rooms, the LPAs can clear projects up to a maximum of 12,000 sq.ft.

No comments: