Panama: Changes in Land Use in Obarrio

A change in the zoning code authorizes the construction of more commercial and multifamily buildings in Obarrio, in the town of Bella Vista.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The resolution by the Ministry of Housing and Land Management issued in March changes the zoning code for 42 plots of land located in Obarrio, from low and medium density to residential "high density" and "urban commercial mixed high density".

You may want to read: "The Most Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Panama City" reports that "...This document permits the construction of multifamily buildings, semi-detached houses and terraced houses, with a net density of up to 500 thousand people per hectare. It also authorizes the construction of commercial facilities. " 

In response to the resolution by the Miviot, the Mayoral Office of Panama "... in July presented a request to quash resolution No. 123-2016- in the Third Chamber of Administrative Litigation of the Supreme Court, considering that the power to make changes in land use at the local level (district of Panama) lies with the mayor of Panama. "

Now the decision rests with the Supreme Court, which must make a declaration in order to uphold the resolution by the Miviot or annul it.

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