Metro development plan finally given approval

President Laura Chinchilla signed a development plan for the greater metro area Tuesday, and the document is supposed to guide development for the next 20 years.

The document itself was 10 years in the making with hearings and consultations and delays. Nearly every government agency was involved in the preparations.

Officials said that the plan considers the protection of natural resources, landscaping, and the creation of compact and integrated urban centers.

The plan is supposed to provide for green areas and roadways. Already it needs to be updated because it is based on the 2011 national census.

The central government has been criticized for permitting urban sprawl.

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