Zoning mandate puts squeeze on some

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I read Garland Baker’s article about the municipalities without zoning plans on beach areas.

Last June 9, it appeared in the official La Gazeta Law #9242 named Law to Legalize Illegal Constructions on the Maritime Terrestrial Zone, which gives the municipalities the ability to allow the existence of constructions considered illegal, suggest modifications to them or even order the demolition if there is any danger or environmental damage is caused.

This law also says that municipalities that do not have an approved zoning plan must approve a plan within two years, which is going to be complicated especially for small cantons where such local governments usually are poorly funded.

Or in order to comply with the deadline they might approve some crazy stuff . . . .

Allan Garro N.
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