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Abu Dhabi planners consult local residents

Urban Planning Council takes to the road to get residents' feedback

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council aim to use the feedback from residents to influence planning for local facilities such as parks
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council aim to use the feedback from residents to influence planning for local facilities such as parks

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is conducting a series of consultation sessions with local residents in an attempt to improve future planning policy and decisions.

The current series of six sessions, held at venues across the Abu Dhabi Mainland area, has been running since Monday 21st May and will continue through to Wednesday 30th May.

The communities of Al Rahba, Al Samha, Shamka, Shawamekh, Al Falah have already welcomed senior figures from the UPC to share their views on the Council’s work, while Al Khatem will get its opportunity on Wednesday.

The Council hopes the consultations will ensure the local communities’ sustained involvement in the planning process and lead to the delivery of necessary community facilities for each area.

The UPC says the sessions “reflect the ongoing efforts to implement the recommendations of Plan Capital 2030, the urban structure framework plan for Abu Dhabi.”

Eng. Amer Al Hammadi, UPC’s director of planning and infrastructure, said, “Collaboration with residents for the comprehensive formulation of the urban master plans is one of the key fundamental principles practiced at the UPC.

“The planning process aims at incorporating most of the views and feedback voiced by the residents during the sessions,” he added.

Such sessions have been a feature of the UPC since shortly after its inception in 2007, with resident consultations first held in 2008.

The Council aim to use the feedback received at the sessions to draft conceptual plans for the communities, which will then be reviewed by the “stakeholders” before the final plan is drafted.

According to UPC, the master plans following the public sessions will be founded on key environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability principles.

This will be in keeping with the aims of Abu Dhabi’s sustainability programme, “Estidama” (sustainability in Arabic).

“We are designing communities that reflect the creative contribution of our people,” said Al Hammadi.

“Our aim is to manage and meet immediate needs without compromising the assets and potential of the Emirati’s future generation.

“Determining land use and recommending patterns of transportation, infrastructure, government services, health care and other community facilities will be an integral aspect of the master plans for the communities within the Abu Dhabi Mainland,” he added.

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