New zoning norms to curb commercial activity in residential areas

New zoning norms to curb commercial activity in residential areas

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), on Wednesday filed an affidavit in the High Court that it will amend zoning regulations  in revised Master Plan 2015 to curb commerical activity in residential areas that lacked wide roads.

BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhatt made the submission during the hearing of a public interest litigation petition (PIL) which had challenged the Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2015 formulated by BDA.

In the affidavit, Bhatt said the BDA has proposed to amend zoning regulations which includes not allowing commercial activity in residential main and residential mixed zones in Ring 1, 2 and 3, if the road width is less than 40 feet.

Only ancillary usages will be permitted in Ring 1, 2 and 3 up to 20 per cent of the built up areas or 50 sq mt or whichever is lower, provided the width of the road is more than 40 feet. In Ring 3, which is outer ring road,  the ancillary usages may be permitted as ‘main use’ in residential main and residential mixed zones if the plot size is more than 1,000 metre having frontage of 10 metre or more if the width of road is more than 60 ft, BDA said.

Following the submission by BDA, a division bench comprising Chief Justice DH Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna disposed of the PIL.

Hearing the PIL by Citizens’ Action Forum and 16 others, the bench passed an order stating that the interim order passed on January 25, 2012 will be in operation for three months from the date BDA proposes the amended zoning regulations to the State government to be notified.

The division bench had earlier passed an interim order directing the BBMP not to permit or grant any change of land use which was restricted to eight areas in the City and subsequently extended to the entire City.  The petitioners had sought quashing of RMP 2015 and to reconsider the formulation of the Revised Master Plan 2015 in view of the recommendations made by P S S Thomas Expert Committee.

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