The Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, has advised the state government to create a more efficient planning permit system that can deliver development permits at the shortest possible time and lowest costs to applicants.
The association stated that this would boost physical planning in the state and set it on the part of a mega city.
According to the Chairman, ATOPCON, Lagos branch, Mr. Omotayo Awomosu, the current system does not guarantee timeliness and affordability despite the ongoing ease of doing business campaign in the state.
He explained, “The proposed electronic planning permit system should cut through the existing bureaucracy and not just move the existing inefficient manual process into the digital space.
“In addition, all necessary resources needed to automate the planning permit system such as enterprise/web bases, GIS and adequate base maps must be provided to make the new platform workable and responsive to the needs of the users.”
Awomosu, who spoke at the association’s Annual General Meeting, also called for new planning regulations to fill the void created when the previous planning regulations were repealed by the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2010.
“Lagos State deserves a more democratic planning system. The current system is top-down, and the various gaps in policy and practice promote discretionary practices and hence, arbitrariness,” he said.
He noted that the state government, having prepared plans for most of the districts under the Lagos Megacity Model Plans, should also prepare master plans for the entire city.
“It is also necessary to emphasise the preparation of local plans for the different communities and neighbourhoods across the state,” Awomosu added.
The Chief Executive Officer of an infrastructure development company, Noble Sovrano Limited, Mr. Olajide Dosunmu, who spoke on ‘Planning for infrastructure in Lagos megacity’, said the state government must realise that the status of a megacity required an all-inclusive growth.
“Municipal infrastructure such as holistic transportation plan, Information Technology and recreation are extremely necessary for an all-inclusive growth,” he stated.
According to Dosunmu, the state government must also develop waste water treatment plants and ensure that they are efficiently utilised to achieve zero tolerance for environmental pollution from homes and industries.
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