APPLICANTS for subdivision development will have to pass through stringent rules as a city councilor is moving for adopting national laws on the screening of subdivision applicants in the city.

In a proposed resolution, Committee on Urban Planning, Lands and Housing councilor Isabelo Cosalan, Jr. is all for adopting the Human Settlement Regulatory Commission memorandum circular 24-1984 (now the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board) for the evaluation of simple subdivision development pending the enactment of an ordinance governing the approval of simple subdivisions in the city.

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Cosalan said "to properly come up with a uniform treatment of the different types of residential subdivision like the so called simple subdivisions, the HSRC now the HLURB issued HSRC 024-1984 illustrating the definition of a simple residential subdivision."

He added "according to Presidential decree 957 and its implementing rules and regulations, a simple subdivision will mean a subdivision project less than one hectare in area covered by a simple division plan where no street or passageway is delineated on the plan."

PD 957 or the Subdivision and Condominium Buyers Protective Decree control the real estate trade and business and impose penalties on fraudulent practices.

It provides for the minimum design standards, valid titles and the developer is financially capable to complete the project.

Cosalan said "there is a need to regulate the subdivision of residential lots in the city to conform to the city's zoning ordinance and the city land use plan to protect and safeguard the end users." (Visha Calventas)