Davao City seeks traffic plan for big investments
by RG Alama
Davao City (27 June) -- The Davao City Council is now requiring big investments particularly mall developments to furnish them with a traffic management plan that will show how these establishment will handle traffic flow to and fro their premises.
City Councilor Pilar Braga said with new large investments in the city, they have incorporated into the requirements how these companies will handle and increase volume of traffic that they will be causing.
Speaking before members of the media at a press conference at Lorie' Café in this city, Braga bared that all new developments regardless of size as long would submit a traffic plan. These are part of the requirements which will be submitted to the City Council prior to approval of the said project. These requirements were enacted January of this year.
Bibiano Alcuizar, Traffic Management Center chief said the plan is technically-called Traffic Impact or Assessment or TIA. These plans will help them map out new traffic strategies particularly since there are new commercial developments sprouting in the city like malls, planned residential communities and IT parks.
Braga said that she is worried that major city's thoroughfares would be clogged by traffic with massive developments; one of these major road arteries is J.P Laurel Avenue where many of the City's big malls are located. Ongoing construction is Abreeza, a P4 to P5-billion mix-used retail and office complex being built by Ayala Land.
SM Prime Holdings has also bought the sprawling 10-hectare Lanang Golf and Country club, also located along JP Laurel Avenue ; the land will be for a planned second SM mall, this time in the northern side of Davao City. (PIA XI) [top]