Board to shed light on city zoning issues

THE BAGUIO City Council invited heads of the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals (LZBAA) in its regular session on Monday to shed light on applications for exemptions from zoning ordinance and other issues.

Councilor Faustino Olowan said the Council needs to be clarified on the “many complaints against LZBAA” that reached him.

This stemmed from a proposed resolution of Councilor Richard Cariño requiring the LZBAA to submit all decisions on applications for exemptions involving the construction of buildings, excavation and earth-moving, tree cutting, alteration of landscape or the existence of opposition from the community.

Cariño said Ordinance No. 116 series of 2008 requires that the decision of the LZBAA on granting exceptions and variances “shall be subject to the approval of the (city council)…”

“There have been observations and reports of violations of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance,” Cariño said.

The body approved in 2008 Ordinance No. 116 amending section 24 of Ordinance No. 51-2001 (Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of Baguio) by including paragraph 8 which adds a step in the set of procedures for the grant of exceptions and variances.

The change is about subjecting the decision of the LZBAA "to the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) where the application for exemption involves any of the following: the construction of building/s, excavation and earth moving, tree cutting, alteration of the landscape, or the existence of opposition from the community.” (Aileen Refuerzo)

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