By Jack Lapauve Jnr – EM TV, Port Moresby
A report by the Strategic Planning Section of NCDC found that the city of Port Moresby faces threats of unplanned patterns of development in the socio-economic and physical environment.
The Commission is now working on a mechanism to safeguard its plans of urban development in the city.
Port Moresby has grown from low lying buildings, to tower rising scrapers. A lot of change is visible with buildings and movement of people in and around the city perimeter.
And with the government building major infrastructures, a lot of pressure is being placed on the management of NCDC to regulate the city’s growth.
All these factors have placed enormous pressure on the freeing-up of un-zoned land for development. The National Capital District Commission is now on its toes to prepare a more comprehensive urban development plan, since the current one is outdated.
This will include a study into approximately 25,000 hectares of existing land, 60 per cent of which is State owned, and 40 per cent customary land.
Imminently, the trend for unplanned patterns of development is casting a grey cloud over NCD’s Urban Development Plan.
However, the proactive plan will now capture the history of NCD’s growth, physical environment, land-use pattern and policy framework.
All these struggles and preparations will need to be sorted, as the country prepares to host the 2015 Pacific Games, 2018 APEC meeting, and the expansion and delivery of services to people in NCD’s three electorates.