Costa Rican Government To Unveil Housing Policy in October

The plan will be presented on October 1st, and will be reviewed by all involved sectors for a two-month period.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The main issues raised in the consultation period were land use and better access to financing.

"The period closed on September 10th. The main suggestions made by citizens include a better vision of land use and the role of municipalities in the management of housing, including them as developers, said Minister Irene Campos”.

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