Zoning office reminds developers to comply with law

AMID the reconstruction of typhoon-damaged buildings, the Saipan Zoning Office is reminding developers not to build permanent structures that do not comply with the zoning law.

 “They are not supposed to build a permanent structure without coming to this office,” Zoning Administrator Therese Ogumoro said.

She said zoning enforcement officers have already witnessed some activities that may be in violation of the law.

 “We are very mindful of the suffering and all the problems and the situation that everyone is going through after the typhoon, but they have to follow the law,” she added.

A developer should not take advantage of the situation because the zoning office will go after violators, she said.

 “The zoning office will exercise its discretion when it comes to temporary uses or temporary structures during this state of emergency. However, all permanent structures must comply with the Saipan Zoning Law of 2013.”

Ogumoro said a conditional use permit applicant affected by the typhoon asked the zoning office to allow the applicant to temporarily use a temporary structure pending the scheduled hearing of its application.

 “We allowed them to put up a temporary structure, but they do understand that once we schedule a public hearing they have to comply with the law,” she added.

Ogumoro said the zoning office has already activated its enforcement officers to monitor post-Yutu construction work.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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