TCP department drops restrictions on height and FAR for construction, ET RealEstate

August 26, 2023

PANAJI: The town and country planning (TCP) department continues to surreptitiously change the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, 2023, with piecemeal tweaks every week.

On Thursday, the TCP department dropped the 20% restriction on additional height and FAR to be granted on a case-to-case basis.

The TCP department issued a notification that dropped the crucial line from the Goa Land Development and Building Construction (Amendment) Regulations, 2023, which were just published on August 9.

Chief town planner Vertika Dagur said that the 20% cap on granting additional height and FAR for buildings on a case-to-case basis was a mistake.

“It is now corrected. The decision of the steering committee was not there for that line so we have corrected our mistake,” said Dagur.

The original notification said that the TCP board could recommend additional height and FAR “on a case-to-case basis in consideration of the locational aspect, the nature of development” but such “relaxation” could not be more than 20% of the norms.

On Thursday, the TCP department issued a fresh notification to replace the earlier rule. Now the rule states that “the government on recommendation of the Town and Country Planning Board shall grant additional height and FAR to the proposals on case-to-case basis in consideration of the locational aspect, nature of development, use proposed, information available and on any such other criteria, if required”.

“It looks like the department is selling the whole of Goa and wants to do it within a short time,” said a senior architect. “These amendments are coming like bullets and there are so many that it is difficult to keep track.”

This is not the first “mistake” that the TCP has corrected this month through an amendment. Given that these are draft amendments, the TCP had given a period of 30 days — from August 9 — to voice objections and suggestions.

Last week, the TCP removed the 10% coverage restriction on maximum built-up area of 1,000sqm for farmhouses in agricultural land. In the initial amendment issued on August 9, irrespective of the size of the land, the maximum built-up area for a farmhouse was capped at 1,000sqm or 10% of the land, whichever is lower.

Now, anyone building a farmhouse can have a built up area of 1,000 sqm in agricultural land.

  • Published On Aug 25, 2023 at 01:00 PM IST

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