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New zoning rules in effect in Quezon City

Posted on July 10, 2013

A NEW ZONING ordinance that takes into account the recent mushrooming of commercial developments is in effect in Quezon City.

Published in a newspaper only yesterday, the Revised Quezon City Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance became effective last March 25.

Marlon Mariano, project development officer at the City Planning and Development Office, said “growth centers” -- which the ordinance states as having “the potential of becoming nuclei for the future economic, social, and political development” -- were identified:

• the North Triangle Central Business District (CBD);

• Cubao;

• Batasan-National Government Center;

• Novaliches-Lagro; and

• Balintawak-Muñoz.

Quezon City, which hosts many subdivisions and residential areas, has in recent years seen the rise of new malls and high-rise buildings given strong interest by property developers. The North Triangle CBD, in particular, includes an area occupied by informal settlers that was recently the site of clashes over a planned demolition.

Among others, the ordinance also classified the area around Banawe St. -- known for its auto parts shops but is now “more like Chinatown” according to Mr. Mariano -- as a special urban development zone, defined as “governed by certain conditions and regulations to preserve and protect their distinct or special character”. The same classification was assigned to Tomas Morato St., which mainly hosts restaurants and similar commercial establishments.

The ordinance also took into account condominium developments, setting rules for the provision of adequate parking facilities. Limits have also been set for outdoor advertising. Structures of at least 50 years old and works of National Artists, meanwhile, are also required to be preserved.

Asked if real property taxes would be adjusted as a result of the rezoning, Mr. Mariano said these “may go up but ... will be subject to the city assessor’s appraisal.”