New planning regulations on the way for Abu Dhabi

New suite of policies to be introduced by Urban Planning Council

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's updated Street Design Manual will have a particular focus on the creation of 'complete streets'.
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's updated Street Design Manual will have a particular focus on the creation of 'complete streets'.
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's updated Street Design Manual will have a particular focus on the creation of
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's updated Street Design Manual will have a particular focus on the creation of

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council has announced that it is preparing to launch a suite of planning policies, regulations and guidelines later in the year.

It is hoped the move will help support the planning of new communities along with the completion or revitalisation of existing ones.

Highlighting the commitment to planning for complete sustainable communities across Abu Dhabi Emirate, HE Falah al Ahbabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), said, “Aligned with the guiding principles of Abu Dhabi’s Urban Vision 2030 and the Estidama requirements, the policies, guidelines and manuals are being meticulously developed to comply with the core principles of our sustainable development that support our social and cultural traditions and values across the Emirate.

“The new planning initiatives are on progress for launch in the next months and they present a unique opportunity to develop a suitable and sustainable community infrastructure that will improve the quality of life for all residents across the Emirate,” he added.

Among the changes planned are Abu Dhabi Community Facility Standards; a Utility Corridor Design Manual; Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations: an Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual; Plan Coast and Marine 2030; and an updated version of the Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual.

The Abu Dhabi Facility Planning Standards will “enable residents to have access to all the facilities they require, such as schools and clinics,” according to a statement.

The Utility Corridor Design Manual “has been developed to provide standard arrangements for the installation of utilities within streets,” it added.

The Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations aim to “ensure an appropriate number, size, type and design of high-quality mosques are strategically located in all communities across Abu Dhabi Emirate,” continues the statement.

Meanwhile, the statement said that the Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual hopes to “ensure the creation of safe and secure communities which enhance quality of life and reflect the Emirate’s unique identity”.

Plan Coast and Marine 2030 will attempt to “inform the sustainable development of public and private investments and initiatives within Abu Dhabi’s marine and coastal zone.”

Finally, the updated version of the Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual will have a “particular focus on the creation of complete streets,” the statement added.

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