New by-laws for commercial buildings approved

ISLAMABAD: The commission formed to review Islamabad’s master plan has approved new by-laws for commercial buildings in the capital.

The commission met at CDA headquarters on Tuesday with CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed in the chair for a detailed discussion on the proposed by-laws.

Sources said that afterwards, the commission proposed that there was no need to increase the number of storeys in class three shopping centres, which are neighbourhood markets where a commercial basement and ground-plus-one storey is already allowed.

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CDA’s planning wing had been pushing for one more storey to be permitted in these markets, but the commission rejected this proposal and decided there was no need to change the existing by-laws in this regard.

However, the commission did approve new by-laws for markazes and other commercial buildings.

Sources said that plots of up to 999 square yards in markazes will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:5, while plots of 1,000 square yards and above will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:6, and plot owners will be bound to provide parking space.

Plots measuring up to 3,000 square yards will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:8, and plots between 3,000 and 5,000 square yards will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:9. Plots larger than 5,000 square yards will have a floor-area ratio of 1:10, with no cap on the number of storeys.

Sources said the commission also recommended an additional floor for industrial and tradecentres, which are currently allowed a commercial basement and ground-plus-one storeys.

Sources said that the commission also proposed a floor-area ratio of 1:6 for existing buildings in Blue Area to increase the number of storeys if anyone wants to rebuild a building after demolishing an existing one.

Sources said that earlier, parking space was limited to basements but the commission has now decided that parking space can be constructed on any floor of a building.

CDA’s planning wing presented these by-laws before the CDA board last month, which decided not to increase the number of storeys in class three shopping centres or markazes.

The board had referred the matter to the commission, which approved most of the proposed by-laws on Tuesday.

A CDA officer said the commission is supposed to have completed its recommendations on by-laws, which will be sent to the federal government for final approval.

Prime Minister Imran Khan recently met with commission members, and directed them to comprehensively review the master plan for 2020-2040.

The commission consists of Nayyar Ali Dada, Asad Mehboob Kayani, Khurram Farid Bargatt, Dr Ahmed Zaib Khan, Aziz Aslam, Salman Mansoor, Humera Qasim, Ali Asghar Khan and Asma Khalil.

It is supposed to recommend new by-laws and other measures to resolve issues facing the capital’s residents and its business community within a month. A consultant will later be hired to comprehensively revise the entire master plan.

When contacted, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, who is also the convenor of the commission, said that the commission reviewed changes in by-laws in the greater interest of the city and its residents have a detailed discussion.

ISLAMABAD: The commission formed to review Islamabad’s master plan has approved new by-laws for commercial buildings in the capital.

The commission met at CDA headquarters on Tuesday with CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed in the chair for a detailed discussion on the proposed by-laws.

Sources said that afterwards, the commission proposed that there was no need to increase the number of storeys in class three shopping centres, which are neighbourhood markets where a commercial basement and ground-plus-one storey is already allowed.

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CDA’s planning wing had been pushing for one more storey to be permitted in these markets, but the commission rejected this proposal and decided there was no need to change the existing by-laws in this regard.

However, the commission did approve new by-laws for markazes and other commercial buildings.

Sources said that plots of up to 999 square yards in markazes will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:5, while plots of 1,000 square yards and above will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:6, and plot owners will be bound to provide parking space.

Plots measuring up to 3,000 square yards will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:8, and plots between 3,000 and 5,000 square yards will be allowed a floor-area ratio of 1:9. Plots larger than 5,000 square yards will have a floor-area ratio of 1:10, with no cap on the number of storeys.

Sources said the commission also recommended an additional floor for industrial and tradecentres, which are currently allowed a commercial basement and ground-plus-one storeys.

Sources said that the commission also proposed a floor-area ratio of 1:6 for existing buildings in Blue Area to increase the number of storeys if anyone wants to rebuild a building after demolishing an existing one.

Sources said that earlier, parking space was limited to basements but the commission has now decided that parking space can be constructed on any floor of a building.

CDA’s planning wing presented these by-laws before the CDA board last month, which decided not to increase the number of storeys in class three shopping centres or markazes.

The board had referred the matter to the commission, which approved most of the proposed by-laws on Tuesday.

A CDA officer said the commission is supposed to have completed its recommendations on by-laws, which will be sent to the federal government for final approval.

Prime Minister Imran Khan recently met with commission members, and directed them to comprehensively review the master plan for 2020-2040.

The commission consists of Nayyar Ali Dada, Asad Mehboob Kayani, Khurram Farid Bargatt, Dr Ahmed Zaib Khan, Aziz Aslam, Salman Mansoor, Humera Qasim, Ali Asghar Khan and Asma Khalil.

It is supposed to recommend new by-laws and other measures to resolve issues facing the capital’s residents and its business community within a month. A consultant will later be hired to comprehensively revise the entire master plan.

When contacted, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed, who is also the convenor of the commission, said that the commission reviewed changes in by-laws in the greater interest of the city and its residents have a detailed discussion.

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